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Freddie's story- from Cyprus to Highcroft

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

As a nation of animal lovers, when we’re abroad it’s easy to notice the number of stray cats and dogs, fall in love with them and imagine the possibility of bringing them home with us. So when Vicky Kingwell, from Clifton, met a little black and white fur ball in Cyprus, she just had to bring her back too.

Safely in the UK, and now named Freddie (even though Freddie is a girl), she was brought in to our Whitchurch Hospital for her a routine spay. However, when she was receiving her anaesthetic, something didn’t quite seem right. After an x-ray of her chest, it was discovered that Freddie had a diaphragmatic hernia. This is when the muscle separating the abdomen and the chest cavity is torn, allowing the abdominal organs to move into the chest.

‘… Freddie had part of her liver, small intestine, pancreas and spleen within her chest’

This had now become very complicated surgery and Freddie was referred to Soft Tissue Surgeon, Juliet Pope, to repair the damage. During the operation it was discovered that poor Freddie had part of her liver, small intestine, pancreas and spleen within her chest!

Diaphragmatic hernia surgery has a high risk of complications, so Freddie had to stay in the hospital for a few days after her operation and be monitored closely by our Critical Care Specialist, Helen Wilson. Thankfully, she had a smooth recovery and was discharged back to her new owner, Vicky.

Freddie is back to her bright and happy self, although we can imagine it will hard to keep her quiet at home. We hope you enjoy living in the not so sunny UK, Freddie!


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