Published: 11/03/2013 11:31:19
our eye specialists give rufus his sight back
A two-year-old rescue dog from Cambridgeshire has had his sight restored thanks to complex surgery undertaken by our vets.
Rufus, a two year-old Chinese Crested Powder Puff dog, has had his first operation performed by our eye specialists, giving him sight in one eye. He will shortly undergo further surgery to restore sight in his other eye.
Rescued in July 2012 by the Chinese Crested Club of Great Britain from an abusive home, his foster family quickly noticed that Rufus’s sight was extremely poor, leaving him extremely nervous and frightened. Vets confirmed that he could only see shadows due to cataracts in both eyes, which meant he was almost completely blind.
As Rufus’s eyesight continued to deteriorate, he was rehomed in September 2012 to a foster family in Wyboston, Cambridgeshire, so that Rufus could benefit from our renowned ophthalmology specialists.
Rufus was referred to us where our ophthalmology team - the largest team of ophthalmology specialists in Europe – has been able to provided Rufus, and his foster carer Sarah Bunce, with the support and guidance required to give Rufus back his sight.
Rufus needs two highly complex operations to remove the cataracts from his eyes, as well as a high level of aftercare and assessment by both our vets and his foster carers.
Rufus is not insured so in order to have the specialist surgery, his carer Sarah, and the Chinese Crested Club of Great Britain embarked on a huge fundraising campaign, holding a series of raffles and auctions to raise the vital funds.
Rufus received his first operation on Valentine’s Day and can now see for the first time in his right eye.
Sarah, Rufus’s carer said: “The Animal Health Trust has been unbelievable. I know Rufus isn’t an easy patient, but they have been brilliant at persevering with him. To be able to give a rescue dog the gift of sight is amazing, and the AHT team has been really kind and supportive.
“Rufus is really sweet, once he gets used to you. It has been amazing watching him react like a puppy to things, such as birds in the garden! He has clearly never seen them before, it is so special to be able to watch him experience things for the first time.”
Claudia Hartley, our Head of Ophthalmology, said: “I’m so glad that we have been able to help Rufus. He was such a scared little dog, due to the possible abuse he may have endured, and the fact that he was almost completely blind.
“To be able to undo an injustice such as this really makes my job worthwhile. We are confident that by the time he has had the second operation, we will have been able to fully restore his sight. I hope Sarah is able to find him the good home that he deserves.”
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