Harvey is an eight-year-old Labrador retriever who saved his owner’s life by “sniffing” a breast cancer.
The dog sensed that something was wrong and did not stop until Anna nearyA 46-year-old from Wakefield, Yorkshire, he knew how to interpret the warning signals he was sending him. For six weeks Harvey was dedicated to persistently touching her right breast, even provoking the anger of her owner, who soon discovered the presence of two packages.
In November 2018, Neary was diagnosed with breast cancer spread to the lymph nodes. During his treatment, doctors discovered an aggressive tumor 5.5 centimeter, which advanced the diagnosis to stage three. Two years later, in January 2020, after the mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Anna received the good news that, after years of struggle, the cancer was gone.
“I owe my life to Harvey,” says the owner of the dog, who assures that if it had not been for the signals he sent, “the story could have ended differently.”
Before Anna’s diagnosis, the Labrador retriever was persistently resting on her chest.
The dog’s insistence led its owner to check your breasts more regularly, until one day he realized that he had two lumps. “He would sit on my knee, but he would touch my right breast and I would get angry with him. He would not leave me alone. If I went to the bathroom, he would come and then when he came back he would put his head back on my chest. No He stopped doing it for six weeks. It was very persistent, “the protagonist tells ‘Daily Mail’.
“If I got to go later, I might not have made it. I owe my life Harvey, “he says.
The treatment was long and exhausting for Anna: “I was in a state of shock. I didn’t know what was going to happen. chemotherapy It was terrible and Harvey was there for me the entire way. I didn’t work for three years, so we spent a lot of time together, “he says.
Thanks to early diagnosis, Anna returned to work after three years of recovery and can now say that has overcome cancer.