Oscar's Bionic Legs
Animal Stories from All-Creatures.org

By Robin Lawless, This Dish is Veg
October 2010

Oscar is one lucky black cat. After the napping cat lost his lower hind legs when he was run over by a combine harvester, Oscar was close to death. Even if he survived the horrific accident, life would not be easy for a two legged cat.

A local vet in Surrey, England, suggested that Oscarís owners, Kate and Mike Nolan take Oscar to Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon who specializes in prosthetics. After a three hour surgery Fitzpatrick outfitted Oscar with custom made prosthetic paws that are attached to Oscarís ankles.

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After several months of rehabilitation, Oscar is now up and about, and although he is reportedly not chasing mice, Oscar can perform all the normal feline activities. "Oscar can now run and jump about as cats should do," Dr. Fitzpatrick said.

The revolutionary surgery was the first of its kind and could serve as a model for human prosthetics.

Oscarís story as well as Dr. Fitzpatrickís pioneering work to save and improve the lives of animals is chronicled in the BBC documentary series ďThe Bionic Vet." So far it has not aired in the US, but letís hope it does soon.


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