13th April 2016
Another week of heart-warming stories of families in need of specialist care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Referrals team, with Darcy, Archie and Banjo.
A Chihuahua called Darcy is rushed to Fitzpatrick Referrals after being hit by a car. For her 18 year old owner TaJournée, Darcy is much more than a family pet; she’s a lifeline helping her cope with her autism. Using a combination of rods and pins, Noel must reconstruct multiple broken bones in Darcy’s pelvis, holding them in place with an external metal frame…
Ex Musician Nick has lived with his beloved 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Banjo, since he was a puppy. But in recent months Banjo has become less and less mobile. He’s brought in for a relatively simple hip replacement, but in theatre Noel finds himself in a tricky situation as the standard-sized implants don’t fit the overweight Banjo, forcing Noel to improvise.
Prison sniffer dog Archie is brought in to see Noel after showing lameness at work. Noel is keen to perform the least invasive procedure possible to help him back to work as soon as possible. But key-hole investigations throw up an unexpected complication in both shoulders, throwing doubt over Archie’s career…