With a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, Melanie Butera had few prospects for the future. But she never expected something this magical to come into her life. A fawn that showed up on her doorstep, comatose and on the brink of death, turned into the most unexpected companion. Butera's book, "Dillie the Deer: Love On Hooves" chronicles the strange, unexpected journey she and her husband have gone on with this miracle deer, detailed in the video below.
"At that time, we didn't even believe she was going to survive the night. Yet she was destined to push herself into our hearts and home forever," Butera wrote. After recovering, she found herself allowed to move into the Butera-Heathman home as she didn't seem to like being in the barn, according to Ohio's Newsnet5. Soon enough, Dillie got her very own bedroom and became a part of the family.
"We don't look at her like a deer," Butera's husband, Steve Heathman, told Newsnet5. "I look at her more like an animal, a dog, cat, she's just a real nice girl."
Dillie's room has been set up with a webcam that allows people from all over the world to watch her in her very domestic environment. She's become a bit of a celebrity, for such an indoor gal.
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