A local TAU team that chooses to remain anonymous were visiting at a Salt Lake City hospital when a young patient in ICU became very excited upon seeing the dog. The patient’s family member welcomed our TAU team into the room where the dog assumed a calm position lying down. The young patient placed the only part of her face that was not covered by a respirator next to the dog and stroked the dog’s fur back and forth.
Within a few moments, the nurse exclaimed, “Wow! Her heart rate went down significantly! I’ve never seen that before!” Immediately, the grateful family member asked our team if they could stay longer, saying, “This is what we’ve been waiting for,” adding that once the patient’s heart rate stabilized she could leave the ICU and go to a standard hospital room.