By Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV

DRACUT (CBS) – A service dog that provides lifesaving and life changing help to a Dracut woman, needs help himself. The Doberman, named Diesel, is in the hospital, and his owner and best friend is hoping that with that assistance, he’ll be home soon.

“He’s just so wonderful and he does so much. He’s more than one of my kids,” says Kristina Slade Pearson. Six year old Diesel helps Kristina with almost everything. He can get her out of a chair or out of bed and warns her when her multiple sclerosis or lupus are about to flare, or when her blood sugar level is off.

“One of the greatest things about him is in the morning when he wakes up. He’ll put his head way back and I’ll say good morning sunshine guy, and he’ll give me a smile that goes ear to ear,” says Kristina. But last week, while playing catch, Diesel broke his hind leg when he came down on it wrong. He’s had one surgery to pin his leg together and will have another, more complicated surgery Tuesday.

Kristina doesn’t have the money for the operations and is unable to care for her dog for what will be a long recovery. “My first thought was, he’s not going to be able to be a service dog. I’m going to have to put him down,” she says.

But the Linwood Animal Hospital in Lowell decided to take on Diesel’s care anyway. “We just saw a dog that means so much to Kristina. And he’s just an amazing animal,” says Dr. Nancy Andrews, a veterinarian at Linwood. And with that, Kristina once again has hope. “I was thrilled and I said, this gives Diesel a chance,” she says.

The Linwood Animal Hospital has set up a fundraising page if you’d like to help: CLICK HERE

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