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 Puppy Awaits Prosthesis in Colorado

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Date posted: 29/06/2007

A year old puppy found wandering the Kuwait desert, has found her way to Colorado State University in the US. Sally the Saluki had a leg so badly infected that a large section of it had to be cut out to save her life.

Vets were going to amputate the leg entirely, but the university took an interest, halting the procedure. They believe she is an ideal subject to test new techniques on grafting prosthetics into the body on ? developing a way to bind them with the body itself.

Dogs don?t do well with strapped on prosthetics, and if they can successfully bind it into her original body, permanently fixing it within her, it will also have great significance for human prosthetics work.

The concept involves pinning into the bone, attaching the implant to the pins then encouraging bone to grow over the ends, sealing it in place.

Thje hope is that muscle tissue and blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues can be made to grow round the new bone, connecting the implant into the rest of her body, and eventually sealing it inside.

It could be a month or two before Sally gets her new leg, which will cost $5000.

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