Corky, the kitten from Cats Cradle Shelter born with backwards, crisscrossed hind legs, had orthopedic surgery yesterday with amazing results. He is resting and recovering.
Last month CATS Cradle Shelter of Fargo, ND took in a sweet and special little cat named Corky, who was born with twisted hind legs; saving his life and getting him help. Corky is a very sweet kitten who captivated the hearts of his friends at CATS Cradle from the moment they rescued him. Despite his deformity, Corky was highly mobile, getting around on the floor at top speeds. He could not walk properly, nor could he climb or jump, though. He just didn’t let that slow him down.
We shared Corky’s story in two earlier posts, Special Needs Kitty Corky Finds Caring Friends at CATS Cradle and Corky Update:Special Needs Kitten With Twisted Legs Will Have Surgery. After consulting with specialists, the shelter reported that the 7 month old kitten had “a congenital deformity called Bilateral Anthrogryposis.It is a condition that caused him to have his hind legs backwards and crisscrossed. He is also a Bilateral Cryptorchid.” They let the community know they needed funds, and set about deciding on a plan to help Corky.
Corky had his surgery yesterday, with Dr. Dan Burchill of Casselton Veterinary Service. The five hour procedure took longer than expected, but the xrays taken afterward show a remarkable result. Corky had feeling in his legs, and that was the key component to having his legs straightened and reoriented. He will need a recovery period, and will have to learn how to walk on his new legs.
Dr. Burchill did a custom and unprecedented surgery on Corky after consulting with another orthopedic veterinarian in Montana. Neither doctor had seen a case like Corky’s. In addition to the pinning used to reorient Corky’s legs, his achilles tendons were cut so his toes would uncurl. He’s on heavy pain medication and will need to stay in the hospital a couple more days than expected.
Many of Corky’s friends and supporters stopped by the shelter’s Facebook page yesterday to check on his progress. The page was updated as he headed to surgery, and periodically throughout the day. Further updates and photos today show the little patient with shelter staff and his hospital caregivers. CATS Cradle asks that, as a courtesy to the veterinary staff, people please not call the animal hospital, but check in at Facebook instead.
The latest news video, from today:
The ChipIn set up for the surgery several days ago easily met its goal and covered the costs of yesterday’s procedure, thanks to the generosity of the local community, and supporters from all over, though there will be ongoing costs.Further donations can be made can be made via the the ChipIn widget at the Cats Cradle Shelter Rescue and Adoptions website.