Thursday, June 24, 2010

Check this out . . .

It's amazing what they can do with technology!

A cat has received two bionic legs in a world-first operation set to transform treatment for human amputees.

Oscar, whose paws were cut off by a combine harvester, can run and leap thanks to the mechanical implants.

They were drilled into his ankle then treated with a substance that allows bone and skin to grow around them.

Fake paws were then fitted on "see-saw" joints at the end of the prosthetics, giving full movement.

A day after the pioneering surgery, carried out by Noel Fitzpatrick, a Surrey, England-based veterinarian — Oscar tried to stand.

Four months later he bore weight equally. Now he runs.

Fitzpatrick said the techniques he used are "set to transform the future" of orthopedics

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