NEW YORK — Janelle Giannetta, 26 weeks pregnant with her first child, was fed up with her dog Louie on Friday morning after he playfully jumped on her, scratching her face.
Hours later, the year-old goldendoodle was out of the doghouse — credited with saving the North Merrick, N.Y., woman and her baby.
About 4:30 p.m. local time Friday, Giannetta said she wasn’t feeling well and went upstairs to lie down.
Richard Giannetta, 33, heard Louie begin to bark incessantly. Going upstairs to investigate, he found the 75-pound dog on the bed, barking at his wife.
Janelle was having a seizure. Richard called 911 and Janelle was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where she was quickly diagnosed with eclampsia.
Eclampsia is a potentially deadly condition in which the mother develops very high blood pressure, causing seizures and potentially a stroke.
The decision was made to perform a Caesarean section, with Charlotte Marie born around 2:25 a.m. Saturday, weighing a mere 1 pound, 7 ounces.
“In my opinion, the dog is the real hero,” said Janelle’s doctor, Peter Hong of NUMC.