Malcolm receives furry visitor

Man in wheelchair in front of dog, surrounded by family and staff
Malcolm Shaw (centre) with his family and FSH staff during Ten’s visit
October 10, 2017

Anyone who has ever owned a beloved pet knows the feeling of sadness when they leave them at home to go to work or on a holiday.

This is certainly the case for Malcolm Shaw, who has been an inpatient at Fiona Stanley Hospital’s (FSH) Coronary Care Unit since August.

Last week, Malcolm’s spirits were lifted when he received a very special visit from his Siberian husky - Ten.

Ten, who has visited the hospital twice, plays an important role in Malcolm’s rehabilitation.

“We like to call it pet therapy. Malcolm loved spending time with Ten and his family in the fresh air,” said Malcom’s wife, Lynda Shaw.

Malcolm’s initial presentation was for a heart attack and his condition has been complicated by a respiratory arrest requiring a tracheostomy.

In the coming weeks, Malcolm will be transferred to the State Rehabilitation Service.

Lynda had high praise for the care provided for her husband by FSH staff and was pleased with Malcolm’s rehabilitation.

When asked what he was looking forward to most when he leaves, Malcolm said “a beer”.