Goldfish survives risky surgery

MELBOURNE –– A goldfish in Australia is recovering from surgery after a life-threatening tumour was removed from its brain in a “high-risk” operation.

George, whose owner lives in Melbourne, was put under general anaesthetic for the $200 procedure.

George the goldfish undergoing intricate surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne.
George the goldfish undergoing intricate surgery at Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne.

Dr Tristan Rich, who carried out the operation, told Melbourne’s 3AW radio station that the fish was now “up and about and swimming around”.

Vets say the ten-year-old fish is now expected to live for another 20 years.

“George had a quite large tumour on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life,” Rich from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital said.

George’s owner was given the choice between an operation or having the fish put to sleep.

“She was dedicated enough to give it a go,” he said.

He added that the fish was kept alive by pumping oxygenated pond water through its gills.

Rich described the 45-minute operation as “fiddly”.

(BBC)

Source: (BBC)

2 Responses to Goldfish survives risky surgery

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer September 17, 2014 at 12:27 am

    And kids dying

    Reply
  2. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria September 17, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Wdr I just read…..

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