Helen, August, 1999
Helen, the luckiest Labrador alive, is lucky to be alive! Hit by a car near Richmond, Virginia, Helen suffered a fractured leg and internal injuries. As the crowd gathered while her rescuer was pulling her out of the ditch, a woman walked up and said her boyfriend was the owner of this courageous chocolate lady. The rescuer tried to get some information from her, but the woman vanished. Helen was rushed to an emergency clinic in Richmond where she was treated for shock and stabilized. An unidentified caller phoned and asked for information on the injured chocolate lab, but would not come forward and claim her, so the rescuer took it upon herself to make sure Helen received all necessary treatment.
X-rays showed significant chest trauma and a severely fractured leg. Helen’s breathing rapidly improved and an appointment was made at the Virginia Tech Veterinary School for surgery on the leg, but not before she had wormed her way into the hearts of two veterinary technicians at the emergency clinic.
At this point, the rescuer was out of funds and turned to LABMED for help with the pinning and plating of the leg. We were pleased to be able to help. Surgery was successfully performed and Helen was ready to be released to her new adoptive home. But, all was not as rosy as it seemed. Helen suddenly deteriorated and was near death. There was nothing to do but emergency surgery to repair a diaphragmatic hernia.
Thankfully Helen survived both surgeries and at last report is blossoming under the care of her new family, even doing what all Labs love, sleeping on the bed.
Helen, the luckiest Lab alive, is alive because of the concern of her rescuer and the financial and emotional support of LABMED.
Update: August, 2000
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