The scene takes place in a hospital room in Italy, in Arezzo, Tuscany, as Carolina, an 80-year-old grandmother, is hospitalized in a Covid ward, struggling for ten days with the virus, but also against resignation. She entered the hospital at the beginning of February, and it was the psychologist on the ward who had the idea, to reinvigorate her patient, to create an interaction with her dog, Whiskey, a miniature poodle, all white, 6 years old. . Because above all this, the ordinary life of the animal consists, like any good poodle, in being glued to its mistress all day. So when the emergency room attendants came looking for Carolina, the dog started to feel depressed, crying, desperately waiting in front of the door for the woman to return. “mamma”. “The first three days, explains one of the lady’s sons, he neither ate, nor drank, nor slept, we no longer knew what to do. “
When the dog appeared, Carolina’s gaze lit up instantly, it was as if the light had entered our ward, and I admit that we all started to cry.A nurse from the Arezzo hospital
daily La Repubblica
On both sides, each sank in terrible distress: the mistress in the hospital, the dog at home. The director of the Covid service therefore takes an unprecedented decision: to bring the dog. “It’s a little anarchic, he explains, but it is beneficial, the important thing is the well-being of our patients. “ The next day, the poodle is therefore wrapped in plastic protection, and carried in the ward by the caregivers, all in full suits, to the patient’s bed. At first, the dog is not very reassured, he wonders what will happen to him, but when he finally sees his mistress, he jumps on her, celebrates her and the grandmother suddenly lights up with joy. .
Five days later, Carolina’s condition improves markedly and she can leave the Covid department to go into rehabilitation. A story that was widely reported by the newspapers, from La Repubblica at La Nazione, Passing by La Stampa. Perhaps because at the moment, what is making headlines in Italy is above all the fact that the country has passed the 100,000 dead mark. And that we no longer really know what to think of the epidemic, where we are going, when the worst will be over, how to get out of it. In the midst of all this uncertainty, Carolina and her dog give back a little smile, and also tell us that sometimes healing comes through a little affection and tenderness, including that of a little poodle.