This Cat Lost Her 4 Legs, Her Tail, And Its Ears, But She Got A Second Chance To Be Happy
In Siberia, Russia, the winter season can bring severe frosts capable of putting the lives of both humans and animals at risk.
This is the story of a kitten named “Dymka” (from its Russian translation of ‘fog’) who was a victim of the cold lashing of Russia, and because of it she lost her limbs. Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology and the provision of big-hearted vets, she was able to walk again.
According to what is said, this kitten was found by a driver in the cold streets of Novokuznetsk in Siberia. The man seeking to help this poor animal took her to the Novosibirsk clinic located in the city of the same name. There, it was found that Dymka suffered from frostbite on both her limbs, her tail and her ears, after having been exposed to the relentless Siberian cold for a long time.
The pros went to work to make Dymka walk again
In view of the condition in which the kitten arrived at the clinic, it was necessary to amputate her front and rear legs. However, the professionals of the clinic where Dymka was received, got down to work together with the researchers of the TPU (Tomsk Polytechnic University) to design the 4-year-old feline, a titanium prosthesis that would allow her to return to lead a normal life.
It was thus that, after using state-of-the-art technology, such as CT scans of Dymka’s paws, and applying calcium phosphate together with the 3D-printed titanium implants (which were combined with the kitten’s leg bones) , they were able to place the first implants in her front legs successfully and later they did it in her hind legs.
After more than six months of this important procedure, it can now be seen how Dymka was able to regain almost complete mobility with her titanium legs. In a video shared on YouTube by the clinic that treated the kitten’s case, the feline can be seen stretching, walking and even playing as if she had never lost her limbs, her titanium legs being flexible and with a black textured background.
It should be noted that so far Dymka has been the second cat in the world that has undergone a procedure like this. The first was performed in 2016 on a cat named Ryzhik (red), who after losing her limbs underwent this surgical procedure to restore mobility.
During the cold snowfalls in winter, dozens of cats and other animals show cases of frostbite in the cities of Siberia. Frostbite occurs when the extreme cold of winter freezes the skin and internal tissues, usually the extremities, sometimes causing the death of said tissues, and forcing their amputation to save life.
If you have pets and you live in a place where there are extremely cold seasons, try to take all the necessary care to prevent them from being exposed to situations as dangerous to their lives as this one.