Monday, May 7, 2012

Oscar-the cat

Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, a neuro-orthopedic surgeon in England, fitted two-and-a-half year-old Oscar the cat with two bionic legs last November, using a new and revolutionary surgical technique. Oscar's owner, Kate Nolan, brought him in after a combine harvester cut off Oscar's back feet while he was sleeping in a field. The surgery cost almost $3,000. Fitzpatrick said he hopes one day a human might also be fitted with bionic limbs, using a similar procedure. "They can't have a new technique or an implant in a human unless we do it in an animal first," he said in a recent interview with "Nightline." (Courtesy Jim Incledon)


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