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'Hero Dog' Carmen off ventilator, breathing on her own

Carmen suffered from smoke inhalation after attempting to protect her owner in a fatal fire (PHOTO: Crowdrise.com/ Carmen's donation page) Carmen suffered from smoke inhalation after attempting to protect her owner in a fatal fire (PHOTO: Crowdrise.com/ Carmen's donation page)
Carmen is now breathing on her own after being taken off a ventilator Tuesday (PHOTO: Facebook) Carmen is now breathing on her own after being taken off a ventilator Tuesday (PHOTO: Facebook)
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

The dog that tried to protect her owner during a fatal fire last Thursday is now off a ventilator and breathing on her own.

Carmen suffered from smoke inhalation from a Goshen Township fire that claimed the life of Benjamin Ledford, the dog's owner.

The smoke that engulfed the basement during the blaze severely injured Carmen's lungs.

According to the Cincinnati Care Center, the treatment facility that Carmen is currently being treated, the boxer's vital signs remain stable but will still require around-the-clock intensive care.

The family of Benjamin Ledford is currently involved in the dog's recovery and plan to keep Carmen in the family.

Carmen's family has set up a donation page for Carmen's medical bills.

"As we deal with the loss of Carmen's owner, our brother, Ben, it is comforting to know that Carmen has been getting the best care possible," the donation page read.

Critical Care Specialist, Dr. Marlo Anderson, is overseeing Carmen's treatment.

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