Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Arkansas trucker reunited with four-legged ‘co-pilot’ after lengthy medical emergency

Here’s one from the “Feel Good” file, compliments of Fox 4 Kansas City, about how a trucker and his faithful four-legged companion reunited after a serious medical emergency.

Driver Chris Price, who hauls for Con-way Freight, usually doesn’t go anywhere without his co-pilot, Coco, who has been riding in Price’s cab ever since she was a pup. The two are on the road to their Home-20 once again thanks to the efforts of a local animal shelter and the generous donations of volunteers.

Price had a medical emergency in Kansas City that required him to be admitted to North Kansas City Hospital for three weeks. In April, he collapsed at a Flying J truck stop on Interstate 435 and Front Street, and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors there diagnosed him with a staph infection that had entered his bloodstream, necessitating a lengthy stay in the hospital.

According to the news report, Price was more concerned for the welfare of Coco, who ended up at the KC Pet Project, a no-kill shelter in Kansas City, Mo. The only problem with that arrangement was the shelter couldn’t keep Coco for more than 10 days, not nearly long enough for Price to get healthy enough to be discharged.

One of the shelter’s partners, a local animal boarding facility, agreed to keep Coco for as long as necessary, at a reduced rate. The group posted on Facebook soliciting donations to help offset the costs, a message that was shared nearly 1,000 times.

On Friday, Price and Coco got to ride in an ambulance together back home to Arkansas, after social workers in North Kansas City found an ambulance that was willing to let a dog ride along with a patient.

You can see the full report from Fox 4 below: