A pioneering new surgery has given Oscar the cat a new hope for a normal animal life after his hind legs were mangle beyond repair in an accident. This world first operation with state of the art bioengineering has been heralded as such a success that doctors are even considering its viability for use on human amputees.
Before the accident, Oscar found himself taking a sunny cat nap in a field, completely unaware of the combine harvester that was heading his way. While he managed to just narrowly escape the farming machinery, his hind legs were not so luckily. Owners Kate and Mike Nolan found their cat crawling back home on his mangled legs and took him to their local vet from St. Saviour in New Jersey. The vet had to amputate both hind legs and the Nolans were sure Oscar could never live a normal life after losing so much of his mobility. However, the veterinarian referred them to Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, a neuro-orthopedic surgeon in Surry where he suggested a radical new surgery option. After deciding that the surgery would be the only shot at giving Oscar a normal life, they decided to give it a chance.
The surgery Fitzpatrick proposed involved custom made implants that would peg the ankle to the foot then having the bone and skin grow around it, similar to the way a deer's antlers protrude from their head which is what inspired this new feat of bioengineering. This three hour surgery involved a veterinary surgical team inserting the pegs by drilling into the ankle bones in Oscar's hind legs. The implants were attached to the bones at the amputation site and coated with hydroxyapatite to encourage bone cells to grow into the metal. The skin then grew over and umbrella-shaped piece at the end of the peg to seal against bacteria and potentially fatal infections. While Oscar may look like Captain Ahab now, the surgery is considered a complete success. After a few brief brushes with infection, Oscar now has the ability to equally distribute his weight among all four feet as well as run and jump like a normal cat again.