Published: 10/12/2012 11:13:48
LOUI THE ragdoll receiveS lifesaving surgery at the aht
Loui is a 16-month-old Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll who recently underwent lifesaving surgery in the AHT’s Small Animal Centre.
Loui’s owner noticed something unusual in his eye, which led his vet to diagnose him with jaundice and unusual blood liver parameters. Loui was referred to us, where our Internal Medicine clinicians were able to confirm that he had severe liver dysfunction.
An ultrasound showed a severely blocked bile duct leading to the intestine and Loui was rushed in for surgery. Daniela Murgia, one of our soft tissue surgeons, was unable to save the main bile duct resulting in Loui having to undergo a more complex and invasive procedure.
Daniela and her team were met by multiple difficulties, but in the end they were able to reconstruct the link between the gall bladder and the gut and stabilise Loui, who had developed severe complications.
Loui had a lot of fight in him and slowly he managed to pull through against the odds. The recovery rates from this type of intense surgery are generally quite low. Loui required a high level of care from both the AHT staff and his owner, Cas Anderson-Dixon, as he had to be syringe fed recovery food at regular intervals.
He is now making a fantastic recovery and we are very pleased to have been able to help such a lovely cat.
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