Viral Video Shows Firefighter Using CPR to Save Dog’s Life


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Source: Facebook/Costi Tudor

There’s no question of the bravery a firefighter has when they run into a burning building to save a human life, but a recent viral video shows that sometimes humans are not the only ones who need saving.

In a video from Romania posted to Facebook by journalist Costi Tudor, firefighter Costache Mugurel uses CPR to resuscitate a dog who had stopped breathing, reportedly due to smoke inhalation.


According to Romanian media, via Mashable, the home belonged to a 51-year-old man. Firefighters were able to rescue the man and get him into an ambulance for treatment at a local hospital, but the man’s dog remained motionless on the curb. That’s when Mugurel turned his attention to the animal. The video shows the firefighter using CPR on the dog.

“Nobody gets left behind,” Mugurel reportedly wrote on his personal Facebook page, according to Mashable.

According to Bored Panda, Tudor shared video of the incident to her own Facebook page, where the story quickly went viral. Her video has been viewed over three million times. Tudor wrote with the post, according to Google translate, “All my respect! Big man!”

As seen in the video, the dog does begin breathing again as Mugurel and another firefighter work to put an oxygen mask over the dog’s snout.

As Mashable notes, less than six percent of dogs or cats who suffer cardiac arrest survive after CPR is administered, according to the American Heart Association. That number for humans is closer to 20 percent.

It’s safe to say this is one lucky pooch who maybe has a little feline in his genes, and a few extra lives to spare.


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