Jasper - Cat with Fractured Femur
|Last Spring whilst on a short break to the Isle of Skye and walking close to the Cuillin mountains I attempted to relive my youth by clambering up a rockface. The result of which I fell 20 foot and plunged into the sea Loch below. Fortunately, the only things which were irreparably damaged were my pride and my mobile phone!|
I suspect that whilst "Jasper", an elderly feline patient, was unencumbered with modern appliances his subsequent fall from the roof of his house would no doubt have made a similar dent to his confidence! Unluckily for him he didn't have my soft landing and as a consequence of crashing to the ground broke his femur or thigh bone. As a result, he was brought to Fairfield so that I could both empathise with his plight and put his leg back together again.
At the ripe old age of 14 years his ability to skip across the roof tops with athletic prowess would need to be reconsidered. Despite his maturity, his capacity to heal and for his bones to knit back together were clear to see from the radiographs monitoring his progress. For despite our surgical skills, the healing process remains the domain of the patient. We simply try to provide an environment in which that process can occur without undue interference. That did include barring "Jasper" from any reckless "mountaineering" during the recovery. Whilst "Jasper" may feel the need to continue recapturing his youth from the rooftops I have learned a salutary lesson. . . and will allow my wife to go first!
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS