Michigan man says he's grateful his dog chewed off his toe
The dog's action helped uncover an undiagnosed diabetic condition and led to treatment that could save Jerry Douthett's life.
Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 02:34 AM
CHEW ON THIS: Doctors found a bone infection in Jerry Douthett's toe and amputated the rest of it. (Photo: William Ross-Jones/iStockphoto)
A Michigan man says he's grateful his dog ate most of his toe while he was passed out drunk.
Jerry Douthett of Rockford says Kiko's action helped uncover an undiagnosed diabetic condition and led to treatment that could save his life.
The Grand Rapids Press reported that the 48-year-old musician knew for a while something was wrong with his foot. He resisted seeking care until giving in to his nurse wife's pressure one day last month.
Before going for an appointment, Douthett says he went out drinking, then came home and passed out. When he awoke, the terrier was beside him in bed and lots of blood was where his toe used to be.
His wife rushed him to Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus, where doctors found a bone infection and amputated the rest of the toe.
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