Parrot helps Miss. woman recover speech after brain bleed

Updated: May. 10, 2019 at 4:48 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Walking into Sheron Dunaway’s house, you may be greeted by a Quaker parrot named Precious draped in beautiful green and yellow feathers.

Sheron was diagnosed with a brain bleed in May 2001 and lost her speech as she recovered. She compares it to a stroke. Sheron’s husband, Butch Dunaway, said she now has two mechanical valves, a pacemaker and takes blood thinners as a result of the bleed.

No one imagined the special role Precious would play in Sheron’s recovery.

“I named him Precious, because he is so precious,” Sheron said.

Precious is quite the character and has a colorful memory. It’s hard to say anything around him that he will not repeat.

Every day, Precious would help Sheron with her vocabulary through conversation. Sheron said Precious’ favorite phrases are “I love you,” “Good morning” and “I need kisses.”

“Repeating everything and talking to him all day, it helped her speech get better,” Butch said.

It took time and exercise for Sheron to be able to hold a normal conversation.

“A time of practicing and talking, because if she was here by herself, she would never say anything,” Butch said.

Sheron has been able to fully recover her speech with the help of her special friend.

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