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Sick Canine That Was Flown To Vet Leaves Hospital In Car

Posted June 24, 2005 6:33 a.m. EDT

— A dog whose owner went above and beyond expectations to get the animal treated at North Carolina State's Veterinary Hospital was released Friday.

Alden Thornton's 8-year-old dog, Elle, was having unexplained seizures and was near death when her owner chartered a helicopter from Virginia and flew her to Raleigh. It is the first time in the school's history a helicopter has delivered a sick pet.

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Thornton said his main focus was not the money, but making sure Elle lives.

"I'm with her more than any other living, breathing thing," he said.

After an MRI and spinal tap, doctors ruled out a tumor or cancer.

Thornton's "best friend" is expected to survive; however, doctors will keep her on seizure medication for the rest of her life.

Elle went home to Kitty Hawk in a much less dramatic fashion. She made the trip by car.