4th May 2016
Another week of heart-warming stories of families in need of specialist care from Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Referrals team, with Cocker Spaniel Archie, Cat Lily and Springer Spaniel Molly
8 year old Cocker Spaniel Archie is brought in by Meg as an emergency referral with a cancerous tumour on his front paw. Meg’s husband, John, has Parkinsons. Since John moved to a care home, and developed Alzheimer’s, Meg and Archie have had to adjust to life without him. Archie is now Meg’s constant companion at home and she is willing to do whatever it takes to give him the best quality of life. Meg hopes Noel can offer Archie a bionic paw, one of Fitzpatrick Referrals’ unique treatments. But if Archie’s cancer has spread, Noel’s options will be limited. Meg faces an agonising wait for news…
2 year old cat Lily was badly hurt in a car accident 18 months ago. Colin and Jacqui’s local vet managed to treat most of her injuries but Lily had a seizure under anaesthetic and her back leg now permanently drags on the ground as she walks. Colin and Jacqui bring her to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick in the hope he will be able to get Lily back on her toes and able to climb fences again.
This week Tina, and her boisterous sons bring in their 8-month-old Springer Spaniel puppy, Molly. Molly was bought as a working dog for Tina’s husband but being the only other female in the family Tina has taken her on as a pet. One of Molly’s hind legs is badly deformed with the kneecap totally out of alignment and both the thigh and shin bones badly twisted. This will require complicated surgery to realign the leg, and rebuild her knee with a new titanium groove. After reprimanding the boys for climbing on his reception benches, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick tries to engage the boys in helping him plan Molly’s treatment. Molly will need weeks of intense physiotherapy, but a major setback means her recovery is anything but straightforward…