Two Year Old Miraculously Cheats Death Thanks To His Heroic Pup

Written by: Zoe Costello

September 18, 2015

Alexander Kenney, a two year old Australian boy, escaped near death thanks to his a nine year old, Staffordshire Terrier, Leala.


The boy was drowning in a dam near a friend’s home, when Leala rushed into the water to save him. She didn’t succeed, so she ran home, soaking wet, to get her family’s attention.


David, Alexander’s father, said he knew something was wrong, not only because the dog was barking incessantly, but also because Leala, who hates water, was drenched. David followed his loyal pup, and found his son lying facedown in the water. Friends performed CPR on Alexander for 27 minutes before he was airlifted to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital.

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Alexander was in intensive care and put into a medically induced coma. His mother, Lisa Brockbank, told Coffs Coast Advocate:

“The doctors said be prepared, you may not be taking this boy home and if you do take him home he’ll probably have some sort of brain damage.”

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Kenney’s family and hospital staff were amazed when Alexander woke up 48 hours later. He was responding to questions and asking for kisses from his parents. The doctors attribute Alexander’s miraculous recovery to the CPR, the helicopter, and of course, Leala’s heroism.


Leala’s family is rewarding her life-saving bravery with bacon breakfasts and steak dinners. Alexander is in excellent health. He’s already back in preschool having fun, but excited to come home to his best buddy every day. According to Mrs. Brockbank:

“Alexander was so happy to see her when he came home. He hopped on his bike and they went off together.”

Good girl!


Featured image via Daily Telegraph

h/t via Daily Mail.

Written by: Zoe Costello

September 18, 2015