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Ruby the lurcher survives fatal accident

When Ruby the lurcher was hit by a car back in January 2010, her owners feared that she wouldn’t make it.  Ruby was so badly injured. She was suffering with fractures to her two front legs, sternum and toe, a dislocated knee, ruptured ligaments and internal bleeding.

She was taken to Cromwell Veterinary Group Hospital in Huntingdon and was later transferred to Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital in Cambridge. A team of 40 vets and nurses helped get the three-year-old back on her feet after she was left with horrific injuries when hit by a car. They gave Ruby round-the-clock care for two months.

Now that Ruby is back on the mend, her owner Vanessa Gillespie is delighted and relieved at her amazing recovery. ‘But because she did not have any head injuries the vets said if she could live through the next 24 hours she had a good chance. Her legs will take about five months to heal totally but in herself she is happy, sweet-natured and an inspiration to the rest of us. The vet said he had never seen a dog so broken still so happy. Most dogs would not have survived but Ruby is a toughie.’

She spent five weeks there and had two major operations. The first at the end of January, was a nine-hour procedure in which her broken legs were repaired using four metal plates and screws.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Heidi Radke said the dog was expected to make a full recovery. ‘Ruby is a fantastically cheerful dog,’ she said. ‘When she first came in she was unable to stand and could barely lift her head but as soon as she felt a bit better she would try to wag her tail.’

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