Janet Wilhelm has an arduous journey ahead. The labor and delivery nurse recently fell in the garage of her McKinney, Texas, home, fracturing her pelvis in five places.
Wilhelm is currently rehabbing at the Medical Center of McKinney, working through the painful process of learning to walk again, reports WFAA8, but she’s grateful for the place she is in. She knows without her rescue pup things could’ve been much worse.
When Wilhelm suffered her devastating fall, she was home alone — except for Mabel, the black Labrador she and her husband adopted three years ago.
“I could not move,” she said. “It was just debilitating.”
As the nurse lay immobilized on the hard floor without a phone in reach, her loyal dog came over to check her.
“I grabbed her collar and she started backing up towards the house,” recalls Wilhelm. “I was like ‘What is she doing? She’s trying to get away from me,’ I thought.”
Actually, Mabel was trying to get her owner to help instead. For the next 90 minutes, Mabel and Wilhelm worked together to drag the woman into the house and to a phone, a total distance of 20 feet.
With the canine’s commitment, Wilhelm was able to reach her cell phone and call for assistance. If Mabel hadn’t been there, Wilhelm would’ve been stranded in the garage for 8 hours, a time difference that could’ve severely affected Wilhelm’s recovery, her doctors say.
Wilhelm hopes to be walking again in two weeks. Until then, she is enjoying her regular visits from the rescue pet that ended up returning the favor.
“I was so happy she was there,” Wilhelm said. “I was like, ‘Good girl, good girl. I love you, I love you.’ I was just so happy.”