A Weymouth individual has his dog to thank for helping save his life.
Tom Beradinelli was walking his 8-year-old boxer Maggie on the beach close to his home Thursday night when he slipped and fell on a patch of ice.
Beradinelli, 70, landed on his head. He was knocked unconscious and experienced a brain bleed and significant head trauma.
Maggie was able to find her way to a close by house and was outside jumping at the door. That got the attention of the dogs inside the house and their owner, Joe Tanko, who recognized her.
“So I ran to the door and I saw Maggie with no Tom at the end of the leash,” Tanko said.
Tanko right away believed something was not OK.
He discovered Beradinelli lying in a snow bank and called 911. Doctors told Beradinelli’s wife that her husband most likely would not have made it if he had been there much longer.
“Your husband’s alive because the dog went to that door,” Christine Bernadinelli says the doctors told her.
Beradinelli was taken to the hospital, where he went through surgery. He continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit, however he is talking once again, which doctors point out is an excellent sign.