A mom from Canada explained that she could have been planning her son’s funeral if it wasn’t for the actions of the 12-year-old boy’s cat.
Just last month, Dawn Peters’ son, whose name is Owen, had complained about stomach pain and constipation. Owen insisted he just had the flu.
Peters was recovering from a case of pneumonia at the time and decided to stay home back on April 25, while Owen and his furry friend, Ratchet, rested in bed together.
She later awoke from a nap for no apparent reason to discover something strange.
“You know when you wake up and you’re so dead asleep that you don’t know where you are? That kind of sleep, that’s what I woke up from and I was like, ‘Why am I awake?’” Peters stated over the phone.
“I look over and his cat is just sitting in the middle of the living room staring at me, not moving. Just staring and I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on here? Why is he looking at me?’ And I started to panic.”
She went to check in on Owen while Ratchet ran alongside her to the bedroom but the cat just stayed in the doorway.
“So I’m like ‘that’s not good,’ the cat’s not going in the bedroom with me. So I go in, stand at the foot of the bed and ask about his pain and he’s kind of rolling around, looking really uncomfortable … indicates his lower abdomen,” Peters stated.
The two then decided to go to a walk-in clinic where a doctor examined Owen and sent them to Battlefords Union Hospital.
After a CT scan was done, Peters stated that she was told they needed to operate to find the problem.
The seriousness of the situation truly rang home for Peters when medical staff were rushing fluids into Owen prior to surgery; an operation which confirmed that his appendix had burst.
She was informed about this from the surgeon after the successful operation.
“They said that by the time they were putting the fluids in, it was a race to decide if they would kill him by sedating him or if they waited too long … ‘If you’d come in any later, we might be having a whole different conversation,’ is what the surgeon said,”
Owen was kept in hospital until April 28 while the medical staff there monitored him closely.
Peters explained that the doctors and nurses repeatedly asked how Owen had made it to the hospital in the nick of time.
“Everyone’s like, ‘how’d you figure it out?’ Honestly, the cat woke me up,” Peters stated.
“His cat, which loves him to death, sleeps with him … they hang out in bed. [Owen] plays video games with him. That big cat loves him.”