Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick describes the harrowing moment when he rescued his own dog’s life.
SUPERVET Noel Fitzpatrick has said that performing a life-saving procedure on his own dog has made him no longer fearful of his vocation.
The episode in late 2020, according to the Channel 4 veteran, was the most difficult and nerve-wracking moment of his 20-year career. On this week’s broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the 53-year-old recalled the horrific event and stated that he no longer gets frightened in the operating theatre. He said, “I wouldn’t be able to do it.” “I had to operate on my own dog, Keira, recently, and I was probably more frightened than I had been in 20 years.”
When Noel and his 13-year-old border terrier exited the Surrey-based vetinary centre surgery on September 18, a delivery van struck Keira by mistake.
Despite Noel’s best efforts, the dog was crushed under the wheel, leaving her with a shattered pelvis and crushed organs.
Keira was rushed into surgery at her owner’s office with internal organ damage, forcing Noel to operate on his own dog’s shattered pelvis.
The orthopaedic and neuro surgeon was unsure if he could operate on his own pet after previously treating Meghan Markle’s dog and Russell Brand’s cat.
“It’s not so much nerves as knowing that I might fail and recognizing that that’s part of the trip, and as long as the family is on that journey with you and you’ve talked the ethics with them, I don’t think nerves really help,” he said on the show.
“Any mist you may have had disappears once you blow the doors of the theatre open, generally with your foot, and you go in, and it’s a magical thing.
“When you pick up the scalpel blade, you transform into the person who will save the world.”
“There’s a fantastic thrill in sending home an animal that is snatched up off a roadside with little hope and returning them to full function and a delighted family,” Noel said of the nicest aspect of his job.
Noel wrote How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet in October of last year, outlining what it’s like to be The Supervet.
Thankfully, Keira’s surgery went well, and Noel has been updating followers on her progress on social media.
In November, a snapshot of the border terrier on Twitter said, “Good. “Brinkwire Summary News.”