Nico gets long awaited op to repair his arm

People who have been following this blog and our Facebook page know we have been trying hard to source much needed extra funds. All to let Nico get specialist help to repair an old fracture in his right arm. Originally caused by machete and gunshot wounds just before he reached Tacugama, the fracture never healed properly.

You can clearly see fractured the bone jutting out oddly in this picture.

You can clearly see fractured the bone jutting out oddly in this picture.

We were  extremely lucky to have orthopedic vet surgeon Antonio Peña from Barcelona offer his help, donating his time and expertise. All the specialist equipment came with him from Spain.
The operation thankfully went well and means that Nico no longer has the ‘extra elbow’ he’s been struggling with for more than a year. X-rays taken two days after the op show the correct placement of the plate and an impressive amount of screws (see below). Fingers crossed that the healing process goes well. The goal is for him to join his friends again and be able to swing around as wildly as he wants without any problems!

Preparing Nico for the op with vets Antonio, Jenny and Rosa.

Preparing Nico for the op with vets Antonio, Jenny and Rosa.

Antonio operating with the x-rays of Nico's fractured arm in the background.

Antonio operating with the x-rays of Nico’s fractured arm in the background.

Nico after the op, with Willie Tucker, Antonio and Jenny (bandaging the arm just before we let Nico wake up again).

Nico after the op, with Willie Tucker, Antonio and Jenny (bandaging the arm just before we let Nico wake up again).

A close up x-ray taken 2 days after the op to assess. You can see the old fracture slightly right of  the middle.

A close up x-ray taken 2 days afterthe op to assess. You can see the old fracture slightly right of the middle.

We’ll try to keep you posted on Nico’s progress!

Many thanks go to
-Antonio Peña Ruiz from Tres Torres Vetarinaris in Barcelona for performing the op at no cost.
-Esteve laboratory for the donation of the anesthetic drugs.
-Veterinary Instrumentation for donating the plate and screws.
-Brussels Airlines for reducing the cost of the flight to get Antonio here and back!index

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One comment on “Nico gets long awaited op to repair his arm

  1. Jan Young on said:

    What a fantastic thing to do Antonio…quite restores ones faith in mankind when there are such terrible things humans do to animals elsewhere in the world. Thank you! Good luck Nico!

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