Lurcher 'rebuilt' with metal plates
Published 24/03/2010 | 10:06
A dog has been "rebuilt" by a team of 40 vets, nurses and students after it was hit by a car.
Ruby, a three-year-old lurcher, spent five weeks recovering from the accident which left her with two broken legs, a broken sternum, a broken toe, a dislocated knee, ruptured ligaments and internal bleeding into her lungs.
Medics at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge have looked after her since the incident on January 26.
They repaired her fractures with four metal plates and screws and also used a skin graft to cover a wound.
"Ruby is a fantastically cheerful dog," said Dr Heidi Radke, orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital.
"When she first came in she was unable to stand and could barely lift her head, but as soon as she felt a bit better she would try to wag her tail.
"Every time she visits us now she gets hugely excited and greets every person she got to know during her stay in the hospital."
Despite her catalogue of injuries, Dr Radke is confident Ruby will eventually make a nearly full recovery.
She added: "Ruby's walking well on both forelegs and the skin graft looks great.
"Her left knee, which was very unstable, will probably always be weaker than her right but I hope she'll be back to normal exercise in three months' time."