Make no mistake about it. Despite the nature of the patient, or because of it, the procedure was an extremely delicate and highly risky one, requiring the best of skills and the steadiest of pulse of the surgeon performing it.
If anything went wrong, the patient’s life could have been lost. But everything went well — swimmingly well — and after 45 tense minutes, everyone heaved a big sigh of relief.
George, the patient, had a life-threatening tumor growing on his head. George is a pet goldfish, and the worried owner, who lives in Melbourne, went to see a vet about it.
“George had a quite large tumor on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life,” Dr. Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital said.
Because of the growth, the fish could not eat well, and it was being “bullied” by the other fish in the pond, according to the owner.
Rich gave the owner the choice of allowing the fish to be put to sleep or to undergo an operation.
“She was dedicated enough to give it a go,” the doctor said.
According to BBC News, the fish was put under general anesthetic before the “fiddly” procedure began. It was kept alive by pumping oxygenated pond water through its gills.
And, by George, it was a success. Rich told Melbourne’s 3AW radio station that the fish was now “up and about and swimming around”.
The doctor’s bill was around US$200. And the prognosis is that George may live for another 20 years.
Yeah, two more decades in the same pond with mean mates for company. We wonder what George would have said about that.
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