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World's-First Bioengineering Operation for Cats Informs Human Medicine

Alessandra Rizzotti

After Oscar the cat's hind legs were injured by a harvester, pet owners Kate and Mike Nolan came to Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, a Surrey-based neuro-orthopaedic surgeon, for help. These custom-made implants are attached to the bone at the amputation site and are coated with hydroxyapatite to encourage bone cells to grow onto the metal. Oscar took four months to recover and can now run and jump like most cats. For humans born without limbs or injured in accidents, this procedure could change lives.

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