This is the story of a wonderful woman: a Russian bitch Monica regains the use of her four feet through a rare, expensive operation with a complex fit of titanium prostheses. Operated two weeks ago, the little creature with the brown coat is still tired and scared. But she walks.
Sergei Korskov, a 33-year-old veterinarian behind the record at the “Best” clinic in Novosibirsk, Siberia, says “luck and experience played a big role.”
This is the first time he has had four surgeries on a dog, and he has already had surgery on a cat in 2019. About thirty of his “patients” have benefited from artificial limb poses.
Rescued and transported by a team of volunteers
Monica has just returned from a distance. In December 2020, she was found dead in a forest in Krasnodar, southwestern Russia. Its four legs are nothing but gaps and bloody wounds. “No one knows what happened to him, and some volunteers think he was brutally amputated,” Korskov says.
Poor Monica, estimated to be 2 to 4 years old, could have known the fate of thousands of injured street dogs: euthanasia or, worse, slower and more painful death. But it did not count the mobilization of the volunteer group from Krasnodar. One of them, Alla Leonkina, says she took care of the dog with a friend for almost a year after it was discovered. “She was in terrible condition.”
While treating the animal, Ms. Leonkina thinks about Dr. Gorsko’s clinic. Then, last spring, an online gift pool was launched to give Monica new life. At one-month intervals, the group collects more than 400,000 rubles (4,800 euros), a significant amount in Russia. There is one more problem: transporting Monica to Novosibirsk, 4,000 kilometers away. “She sat in a passenger seat with me and took the plane,” says Alla Leonkina.
Monica’s guardian angels also funded the development of prostheses using a 3D printer. One of the animal’s legs was broken during the first installation, and two months later the veterinarian forced another test.
Now, he explains, everything is fine. Monica’s bones can grow naturally and adapt to prostheses, which, according to him, become like “horns on a deer’s head”.
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