Leo- Star Patient 2017

Leo- Star Patient 2017
Leo first came to us in June after a road traffic accident with extensive damage to his head, jaw and right eye. After initial 24hours stabilisation with hospitalisation, fluid therapy and strong pain relief we investigated with radiographs. Poor Leo had multiple fractures of the bone that make up the hard palate and maxilla (upper jaw), he also had fairly extensive damage to his teeth and right eye.It was decided to place a feeding tube as he was unlikely to be able to feed himself for quite some time. He was fed liquid feed through this tube daily to support his weight, metabolism and healing process.
Once the radiographs were assessed it was decided that Leo would benefit from referral for more advance imaging. Leo had a CT (computerised tomography) scan and it was decided to place a facial external fracture fixation under a general anaesthetic to give Leo the best chance of a speedy recovery and normal jaw function once it had healed. His owner continued to feed him via the feeding tube at home while also offering him liquid/soft food by mouth. This tube was removed nearly 2 months later!Leo liked to keep us one our toes and unfortunately he presented with seizures- we suspect this was secondary to his head trauma. It looked as though he may not pull through, however he surprised us all once again and recovered after intensive care and seizure control. He still had a long way to go and was hospitalised on a further 2 occasions;
When the fixator was removed it soon became apparent that his damaged teeth and slightly altered jaw movement was causing discomfort. Therefore, he was referred again to a veterinary dentist as his dental issues were quite advanced and needed difficult extractions.It has been nearly 5 months since Leo’s accident and he has been doing amazingly at home, he is nearly back to his starting weight and has even managed to keep his damaged eye. Leo has become one of our favourite patients and his resilience has surprised us all on so many occasions. His recovery would not have been possible without his incredibly dedicated owner who adapted to his frequent tube feeds and intensive medication regime and she visited him every day during visiting hours whilst he was hospitalised!Testimony from his owner “On behalf of my cat Leo I wanted to send Faye and the team the hugest thanks for everything they’ve done for him. He was involved in a RTA this summer and I can’t fault the care they gave him on his long road to recovery. There were so many times we thought he wouldn’t make it but Faye and all the other fantastic vets and nurses never gave up on him, and it’s thanks to their amazing perseverance that he’s now back to his usual cheeky self and loving life again at home. I’m grateful every day for everything they’ve done, from nursing him through the nights to getting him the right specialist referrals, and for clearly spoiling him rotten with affection – he’s definitely got a soft spot for the Ashleigh nurses now! I can’t recommend Faye and the team highly enough, they’ve been fantastic”

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