June 25, 2010

Cat Successfully Receives Prosthetic Limbs

A cat received a new pair of bionic legs recently after having them chopped off in a farming accident.

Oscar, a two-and-a-half year old black cat, was run over by a combine harvester last October.  However, he has regained a spring in his step since then.

Noel Fitzpatrick, a neuro-orthopaedic surgeon, fitted the prosthetic paws during a three-hour operation involving grafting the replacement legs onto the stumps of Oscar's remaining bones.

"The real revolution with Oscar is because we have put a piece of metal and flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone," Fitzpatrick, who carried out the surgery last November, told AFP news.

"Oscar can now run and jump about as cats should do."

His owner Kate Nolan told AFP: "We had to do a lot of soul-searching and our main concern has always been whether this operation would be in Oscar's best interests and would give him a better quality of life."