While Carrie Fisher’s family sits vigil as she lies in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center following a heart attack, there’s one loyal and loving friend who waits anxiously for her at home. His name is Gary.
And Gary just happens to be a 4-year-old French bulldog with a Twitter account of his own (@Gary_TheDog) and nearly 11,000 followers.
Whether it’s at the Cannes Film Festival, Comic-Con or even the White House, Fisher rarely goes anywhere without her therapy dog, Gary. He was at her side on a flight from London to LAX when she suffered a heart attack Friday afternoon, and TMZ was there to catch the pooch as he visited “his mom” at UCLA Medical Center, where she was rushed upon landing and put on a ventilator.
When word circulated that Fisher had a heart attack, “Gary” shared an update on Twitter, posting “The latest on mommy” and a link to a CNN story. Since then, “he” has shared two additional heartwarming (and heartbreaking) posts that reveal just how much he loves his “mommy.”
Fisher, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, got Gary more than three years ago to settle her nerves. “Gary is mental also,” she joked during an interview with the Herald Tribune. “My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart. Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”
Fisher reportedly suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. An EMT who was seated in the rear of the plane then administered CPR. Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital upon arrival.
Friday evening, her brother, Todd Fisher, told the Associated Press she is “out of emergency” and in stable condition.
Representatives for Fisher have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.