Hero dog saves life of five-year-old boy trapped inside TUMBLE DRYER.
A HEROIC family pet has won the animal equivalent of the prestigious George Cross for saving a boy trapped inside a tumble dryer.
Teddy the cockapoo came to the rescue as the five year old boy was sent spinning around inside the sweltering clothes dryer.
Five year old Riley Gedge-Duffy, who has Down’s Syndrome, faced certain death after climbing inside the dryer and shutting the door, only to find the machine start its cycle.
Immediately, the biscuit-coloured pet knew something was amiss and began causing a commotion, barking and growling then dashing upstairs to alert Riley’s mother Gillian that the youngster was in danger.
Mrs Gedge-Duffy said: “We immediately started looking for Riley and it was our eldest son Freddie who spotted Riley’s iPad in the tumble dryer through the glass door.
Freddie screamed and I quickly opened the door, dragging Riley out of the dryer. We started dousing him with cold water.”
At that moment, Riley’s father Aaron was arriving at the family home in Bangor, County Down, and ran the youngster under a cold shower to minimise the burns on his arms, back and head.
Riley was rushed to hospital for burns treatment. X-rays and a CT scan revealed no other injuries and he has made a full recovery.
The fact he is still alive today is down to Teddy, says Riley’s father.
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