Mark Protani with Albi, 18-month-old border terrier, from Hammersmith , who broke his spine after being hit by a car on the A4 in Hammersmith. He had life-saving surgery at the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria
A YOUNG border terrier has made a miraculous recovery after being hit by a car as he tried to cross the A4 near the Hammersmith Flyover.
Albi needed life saving surgery on his spine at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Victoria after being hit as he ran across the busy stretch.
The 18-month-old had been playing in Furnivall Gardens - the same park where he usually takes his walks - on December 27, when he suddenly darted through an open gate and across the road, pausing on the central reservation before running to the other side.
His anxious owner, Mark Protani could only look on in horror as Albi dashed through the fast moving traffic. When Mark finally got to the other side, his dog had vanished, and he finally found him back in the park looking dazed and stunned.
Mark said: “I panicked when I couldn’t find Albi and was amazed to find him back in the park. I knew straight away that something was wrong so picked him up and ran to the Blue Cross Hammersmith hospital nearby.”
After being transferred to the charity’s hospital in Hugh Street, Victoria, x-rays showed Albi had broken his spine.
The injury needed complex surgery, never before performed by Blue Cross vets, involving delicately fitting metal plates to his spine, without damaging the spinal cord.
The two hour operation was a success and just four days afterwards he was walking again. He left the hospital last week.
Jess Gower, Blue Cross vet surgeon said: “We were amazed when Albi greeted us with a waggy tail so soon after his major operation. Now, with the aid of a sling, he can even walk a few steps - just days after surgery. We are delighted with his amazing recovery. He really is one lucky boy.”
Mark added: “It has been an emotional rollercoaster for me over the past few days. There were so many times when I thought I’d lost Albi. I can’t believe he is even well enough to come home. I’m so grateful to Jess and all the vets and nurses at Blue Cross who never gave up on Albi and cared for him with such devotion.”
Albi is now recovering at home and on a physiotherapy programme to get him up and running again. Blue Cross vets will monitor his progress through regular check-ups.
For more information on the Blue Cross, a charity which looks after pets whose owners cannot afford treatment, or to donate, visit www.bluecross.org.uk