Bionic cat leaps into history

2010-06-26 10:14

London - A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in Britain.

Two-and-a-half year old Oscar lost at least one of his nine lives when he was run over by a combine harvester last October - but eight months later he has regained a spring in his step.

The prosthetic paws were fitted by neuro-orthopaedic surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, in 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," said Fitzpatrick, who carried out the surgery last November.

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

"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." said owner Kate Nolan.

  • Oupa Willem - 2010-06-26 11:13

    Not too far into the future befor the first
    human does ditto!!! Oscar, have you managed to jump up onto the windowsill to get into the house yet?

  • carina - 2010-06-26 11:14

    oh sweet! thank you very much on behalf of Oscar and many other future patients! what a kind team you are!

  • William - 2010-06-26 11:54

    To think I needed an injury seen to and had to pay R15 000 before the hospital would even look at my injury. Oh how I wish I was a cat...

  • grant - 2010-06-26 13:04

    What a cat and well done to Oscar's owners long live puddies

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