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Puppy love saves master's leg.

A FORMER sailor's leg was saved from amputation by his pet puppy who literally licked the dying limb better, it emerged yesterday.

Mitch Bonham, 45, of Shackleton Road, Barry rediscovered his sea legs thanks to his faithful Jack Russell Milo.

A consultant told Mr Bonham he would lose his right leg when it began turning black and withering away after a heavy anchor chain from a vessel fell on his foot while he was serving in the Royal Navy. Mr Bonham developed a condition known as Sudeks Atrophy, affecting his right leg up to the knee.

Hours of physiotherapy had failed to stimulate the damaged nerves and amputation was looking increasingly likely.

But then puppy Milo began licking the toes on his master's right leg - and that triggered a cure that medicine had failed to achieve' Because he was a puppy at the time he wouldn't listen to what you wanted him to do so I just let him keep on licking it,' added Mr Bonham.

'He would lick the toe and leg for up to four hours a day.

'One day, I felt my toe twitch and it was as if my leg muscles had been reactivated.'

Prolonged licking all over the affected area had stimulated nerves and ensured that oxygen reached the leg
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 19, 2005
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