For the past 26 years, Doctor Noel Fitzpatrick has dedicated his life to helping animals by using his veterinary skills to save the sick and injured.
However, even after 26 years of experience, Fitzpatrick wasn’t sure even he could fix a dog who was brutally beaten and left ‘within two millimeters’ of death. “We have reason to believe that someone hit this dog,” he said. “They bashed Wobble on the back of the neck, and that caused a compression fracture, which is squishing down on the spinal cord and that is causing quite a lot of pain… obviously the spinal cord conducts the nerves, and the legs are wobbling. It is very sad.”
“There is a risk of death; there’s no way of telling you that kindly because this is a big deal,” Fitzpatrick said.”The thing with Wobble is the bone in a whippet is incredibly fine, they are built for speed and agility, so their bone is wafer thin. I’m going to have to be super careful because one false move here and you get the pain in the spinal cord and you get a dead dog.”
To save Wobble and keep her from spending the rest of her life paralyzed, Fitzpatrick performed a high-risk surgery to push the damaged vertebrae apart and created a spacing device that would sit between the two squashed vertebrae. To lock everything in place, Fitzpatrick carefully placed two pins in the spacer and sealed it all with surgical cement.
Luckily, the surgery went well and Wobble was miraculously up and moving the next morning.”Last night she was within two millimeters of her life,” Fitzpatrick said. “If this were you or me we would have a big neck brace on and we’d be in bed for a few weeks. I never cease to be amazed by dogs.”
“How can you not give a dog like this a chance?” she said about the dog she renamed Minnie who was walking perfectly just weeks after the surgery. “That is the special thing about rescue dogs, you see what they are like in the beginning and then what they become. It’s miraculous.”
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