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Update 1/26/23: Good news – Duke survived his surgery and Dr. Beam was able to save his leg!

It was touch and go during most of the three hour surgery. It was a very complicated fracture repair. Even two hours into the procedure Dr. Beam was not sure if the leg could be saved. Duke’s right rear distal tibia fracture has been unattended for so long it “healed” at an extreme angle (approx. 35%) and had developed a bulging amount of new bone/callus which has to be cleaned out. 

As you can see by the x-rays he has a plate and many pins to encourage new vessels and bone growth in the correct area. There is a 20% chance he may still loose the leg but Dr. Beam is optimistic the repair will hold. 

However, Duke has to stay still to heal which we all know is a challenge for a young Brittany boy. Because of this, and frequent monitoring by Dr. Beam, he will have stay in hospital care for the duration of his rehab which is estimated to take 3-4 months. 

It’s a good thing this boy is young and strong (despite his heartworms) and must be feeling better as he was wagging his tail in this picture. 

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Original post dated Jan. 19, 2023:
Duke was surrendered to BRIT in mid-January (2023) with a right rear leg that has been broken for 5 months. He is also heartworm positive. We were told the leg was first broken in September of 2022 but he didn’t receive any medical attention. He has been in pain for 5 long months and gets around by dragging his leg. 

Dr. Beam, our orthopedic surgeon’s first comment when he saw Duke was “Oh my, this is serious.” Duke’s surgery is scheduled for Jan. 25th. Unfortunately, the doctor won’t know if Duke’s leg can be saved, or the extent of the work needed, until he gets in there.

Duke’s extensive surgery, rehabilitation, and heartworm treatment are estimated to exceed $10k. If you can help please visit BRIT’s donation pageThank you for your support – we couldn’t do this work without you. We will post updates about Duke here and on social media.