8th June 2017
This week we meet three more patients of Fitzpatrick Referrals, Leonberger Bear, Labrador Henry and Bichon Frise Lexi as all three families come to Noel with the hope that something can be done for their canine family.
62 kilo Leonberger called Bear comes to Fitzpatrick’s to have a bone tumour removed from her leg after being diagnosed with cancer. Leonbergers are one of the largest dog breeds, so her family want Noel to enable her to live a more comfortable life on four paws for the time they have left with her.
Professor Noel Fitzpatrick comes to the aid of two-year-old Bichon Frise, Lexi, who has suffered with elbow pain all her life. As Lexi struggles to walk, Ann has resorted to taking her out in a pushchair. Noel suggests inserting a cutting-edge surgical implant and using stem cells to grow new bone around it. The surgery goes well, but just days after sign off Lexi suffers a setback that puts her recovery at risk…
Henry, a six-year-old Labrador is rushed to Fitzpatrick’s unable to stand. Noel tells the family that surgery is not an option, but his team devises an alternative care plan in the hope that Henry might walk again and return to his constant companion 12-year old Toby.