Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick on saving his dog’s life in 2020
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Channel 4 viewers will know there isn’t much Noel Fitzpatrick can’t do to help save an animal in need. However, in tonight’s edition of The Supervet, Noel shares his concerns about a one-eyed cat with his worried owners after an operation to save his life doesn’t go quite as planned.
Fans of the hit show are introduced to one-eyed cat Driver who needs help after being involved in a car accident.
The badly-injured cat is in dire need of assistance but Noel’s first attempts to help Driver aren’t completely successful.
He says: “I adore cats with their individual personalities and their vasty independent minds.
“They’re mischievous and they have all kinds of secret adventures.”
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Driver arrives at Fitzpatrick Referrals with a damaged hip and torn ligaments in his knee.
Noel performs a complete hip replacement to help Driver but unfortunately, this didn’t work as well as he hoped.
He admits “failure hits hard” as he decides what’s the next course of action he should take.
The post-operative x-rays show there’s been a huge problem with Noel’s work.
“Oh man,” he comments. “The hip replacement has dislocated.
“I suspect it’s dislocated because the muscle is damaged and it’s too loose to hold it in.
“Also there were fragments missing from the rim of the socket. What a nightmare.”
Noel addressed the “problems” with the owners who were keen to find a way to help Driver.
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“He’s tried to shuffle around and because it’s not healed, the hip has come out of joint,” he adds.
Noel shared with the owners their options which included chopping off the head and neck of the femur.
The Supervet could also perform a “more robust” repair to try and fix the hip.
“There are fallback positions including full lib amputation or euthanasia,” Noel reveals.
Driver’s owners were given some time to think about what they wanted to do next.
“There is no surgery without complications and failure hits you hard,” Noel admits.
“You always think, ‘Could I have done something differently and got a better outcome?’ Who knows?”
The Supervet continues on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm.
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