Dog and owner both left with broken backs after car crash go through amazing recovery together
An adorable Labrador and his owner who BOTH broke their backs in a car accident have gone through a heart-warming recovering process together.
Lenny the chocolate Labrador and owner Victoria March have been all over the UK and Europe to try and recover from the crash that left both of them with breaks and fractures in their backs, and Lenny unable to walk without wheels attached to his back legs.
The near fatal crash happened two years ago in Attleborough, Norfolk where Victoria, 33, lived with her parents at the time.
Victoria, who now lives in Ironbridge, Shropshire, was driving along a familiar road when she lost control of the car and hit a bank – where the car overturned.
She was left with a fracture to her spine – which amazingly, wasn’t diagnosed for two weeks – and Lenny’s back was broken.
But now, the pair are back on their feet – after Lenny has been given a special set of wheels to help him walk again.
She said: “I was driving along a road I had driven down a hundred times before, just on my way to my gymnastics class when the back end of my car started to give way. When that happened we just crashed.
“Because of all the chaos, Lenny had got out of the car because he was so stressed and afraid. I fumbled around to undo my seatbelt, and tried to climb out of the car upside down to run after him and get him.
“We were really lucky because there were so many people that stopped to help, it was unreal. Someone carried Lenny back for me and they were trying to keep me calm at the same time.
“It felt like a lifetime that we were waiting for the ambulance to turn up, but when it did, they put me in the back and tried to call for an emergency vet for Lenny.
“They couldn’t get a vet out, so I told them to take Lenny in the ambulance to the vet, and I would wait to go to the hospital.
“Lenny was much more important than me, all my fear for Lenny disguised how much pain I was actually in.”
The rear windscreen had been completely smashed in, and all Victoria could hear were the screams of the 11 month old chocolate Labrador.
Victoria suffered breaks and fractures to her back, of which she didn’t get checked out until two weeks after the accident when she was still in a horrendous amount of pain, but Lenny suffered a broken back, resulting in the loss of the use of his back legs.
Despite the delay in getting her own injuries checked out, she has now recovered, but both her and Lenny have been through the healing process together.
She said: “I was a bit naughty and I didn’t go with the ambulance as they said I should have when the accident happened, so that just prolonged my injuries.
“At first I didn’t think there was anything wrong with me as all my thoughts were going towards Len. But then I started feeling twinges in my back, and it started getting really painful.
“I eventually went to the doctor and got admitted to hospital with a suspected break. When I had the x-ray done, it had healed into just a fracture, but I was still in a considerable amount of pain.
“By the time I was diagnosed in November – almost a month later – I needed physiotherapy, and so did Len, so that’s where the idea of us both attending classes together came from.
“It was just the right thing to do, we both went through it together and both needed the treatment so why not go together. We were there side by side and started the healing and recovery process as a team.”
Victoria has been all over the UK and even Sweden to try and find a treatment that will help Lenny recover quicker, but even laser treatments and various osteopath treatments haven’t helped.
She said: “We have been to so many therapists all over the world that I have lost count.
“Lenny is my best friend, I couldn’t imagine life without him, so I thought we would get through this together. We have both even attended physiotherapy together so I could be by his side while we both healed.
Despite numerous treatments across Europe, and even closer to home with hydrotherapy treatments in Telford, Victoria still needs to raise thousands of pounds to help Lenny get back on all fours.
He is currently going back and forth from a special veterinary clinic, Chestergate, Cheshire, who are intensely treating Lenny while Victoria stays at home.
She added: “It’s harder while I’m back in Telford and he is all the way in Cheshire. It helps I have recovered quite well, but because he is away for sometimes two weeks at a time, I feel quite helpless.”
Lenny still has to be either carried around by Victoria – despite her injuries – or get around on his wheels, to help aid the use of his back legs, despite travelling thousands of miles across Europe to try and help him.
Victoria is still trying to raise the money through their go fund me page https://www.gofundme.com/vw8ykk so that he can finally walk again.