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article imageGoldfish receives micro-surgery to remove tumor

By Owen Weldon     Sep 16, 2014 in Lifestyle
Melbourne - A goldfish named George was suffering from a head tumor that almost ended his life, but he was saved after a vet performed life-threatening surgery.
According to SMH, George was admitted to Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne, Australia, last week.
George was admitted to the hospital after his owners noticed that he was very sick. That's when he was diagnosed with the tumor, and the vet recommended an experimental surgery, according to Time.
George was put under anaesthetic for around $200, and then Dr. Tristan Rich performed the surgery. Dr. Rich said the goldfish is now up and about and swimming.
George, who is 10 years old, is expected to live for another 20 years, says vets.
Dr. Rich said that the large tumor, which was located right on the top of his head, was continuing to grow slowly, and his quality of life was affected by it. He said that the owners were given two choices, one of them being surgery and the other being putting the fish to sleep.
Dr. Rich said that the owners were dedicated enough to give the surgery a go. He also said that George was kept alive by pumping pond water that was oxygenated through his gills.
It took Dr. Rich around 45 minutes to complete the surgery, but he did run into some trouble at the end of the surgery. The sutures didn't hold, so he used tissue glue, and then he gave George some antibiotics and pain killers after the surgery, which he described as "fiddly."
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