London - When their son Mattia was saved by heart surgery, Luca and Heidi Ferasin wondered how they’d ever repay the doctor who performed the operation.
But their chance to say "thank you" came sooner than they expected as the pair – both veterinary cardiologists – were asked to treat the same heart defect in the surgeon’s poorly dog.
Now Mattia and French bulldog Badu are thriving – and, what’s more, they’ve become the best of friends.
Their journey began when Mattia was born with a hole in his heart at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The conditions – a ventricular septal defect and coarctation of the aorta – had been picked up 20 weeks into Mrs Ferasin’s pregnancy.
At just six days old, Mattia underwent a seven-hour operation at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.