Vet completes emergency surgery while clinic burns
Vet completes surgery while clinic burns
A gutsy and dedicated veterinarian completed emergency surgery on an 11 year-old dog, even as fire fighters fought a blaze which broke out in another area of the clinic.
None of the animals was hurt and none of the people either. The doctor says it was one successful surgery, and fire fighters had successful life saving operations of their own.
The fire broke out early Thursday morning at the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Clinic on Virginia Beach Blvd.
11-year-old Lucy is OK thanks to one focused vet. Dr. David Laurence was in surgery when someone smelled smoke. It was a combination ceiling fan and overhead light that overheated in the bathroom. The dogs and cats were taken to safety, but Laurence's current patient was in the middle of a surgical procedure to remove her spleen and couldn't be moved
Fire crews arrived and watched inside, monitoring the fire whiole fighting it, in case the time came to get everyone out. Fortunately, the doctor was able to save his patient.
"We were able to make a good decision until we could make sure the fire was out and he was able to finish the surgery" said* Virginia Beach Fire Captain Rob Valentine.
"Fortunately, we have escaped unharmed and our patients so far have escaped without any problems. All of them are doing well" Dr Laurence told us afterwards.
Lucy isn't out of woods yet. She is still in critical condition. But thanks to the doctor and fire fighters, she has an opportunity which the fire almost prevented.
The clinic will remain open, but call to make sure they are accepting new patients. They have some repairs to make.
Wow! What an awesome story! Way to go, doc!
Cool 8) What a great vet!
Unfortunately, if she's having her spleen removed I don't think the prognosis is too good for poor Lucy :'(
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
YAY!! I love happy stories! Thanks for sharing this one! ;D
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aw man, I heart that doc - now that is a hero to me
Now THAT's a dedicated vet! The kind of doc I'd send my dog to. ;D
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My oldest daughter has 4 (3, 6, 7, 12), plus 2 dogs and a rabbit...it's usually joyful chaos ;D
Theres 2 vet clinics near the fire here where I live. One was evacuated. Not sure if they were able to go back yet.
I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.
Throw the ball, damn it!
Thank you! (My 5 are 12, 9, 6, 4 & 2) and yes there is never a dull moment around here!Originally Posted by Djc1249