A Westie named Max was brought back from ‘the other side’ after his heart stopped beating for whole minutes at PDSA’s Kirkdale Pet Hospital in Liverpool.

The twelve-year-old dog was facing major surgery to remove a cancerous tumour on his ear when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Thankfully Max was in the right place at the right time, as PDSA vets rushed to preform emergency CPR. After five minutes of ‘being dead’, Max was brought back and went on to undergo his planned surgery, much to the relief of his elderly owner, Doris Griffiths.

Doris Griffiths with her dog Max who was brought back from the dead by PDSA vets in Kirkdale, Liverpool, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The vet team carried out CPR for around five minutes to get his heart beating again.

Doris, from The Wirral, said, “Max is my only companion and means everything to me.

“When the vets told me what had happened I was in shock at first. But I wanted them to go ahead with his operation because he wouldn’t survive without it.

“The whole time he was under anaesthetic I was on tenterhooks and crying my eyes out.

“When they told me he had made it through the operation it was like a miracle. I can never thank PDSA enough. The vets basically brought him back from the dead and then also completed the planned surgery for his cancer and I’m so grateful.

“Max is my world and everywhere I go, he goes too. Now he’s home I’ve set up a bed downstairs so I can be close to him while he recovers.”


While Max rests up, Doris is keen to share Max’s story to support PDSA’s ‘Save a Star’ campaign to raise vital funds for vulnerable pets. This Christmas alone PDSA will treat more than 50,000 sick and injured pets, many in need of life-saving care like Max, with owners who love and depend on them like Doris. Find out more at www.saveastar.co.uk 


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