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  Poorly pooch gets pacemaker
Updated 14 December 2001, 15.50

Life for Jesse the poorly pooch has just got a whole lot better after she was fitted with a human pacemaker.

The 12-year-old West Highland Terrier kept collapsing and her owners knew it wasn't just because she'd got a bit podgy.

Vets found she had a serious heart problem which meant her heartbeat stopped for up to six seconds at a time.

Good as new


But she had an artificial heart put in like the ones used to treat people with similar problems and now she's as good as new!

Without it she could have died in weeks.

It cost her owner Caroline Dore 2,000 but she says it was worth every penny.

She said: "To have her fit again is the best Christmas present I could have had."

The first time a dog was given a pacemaker was way back in 1968..


 
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