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Woman pays $200 to give her goldfish life-saving surgery

Woman pays $200 to give her goldfish life-saving surgery
Lort Smith Animal Hospital

I understand the tremendous impact pets can have in our lives. For many readers, your pets are literally members of your family. So it is no surprise the extremes that some owners will go to care for beloved pets - that is, until now.

Meet George. George is a standard goldfish in Australia. Ten-year-old George is apparently much loved by his owner. George's owner loves him so much that when given the choice of brain surgery or letting George quietly go to that big aquarium up in the sky, the owner picked surgery.

So George was admitted to an Australian animal hospital last week because he wasn't eating and was having trouble swimming. The reason why was very apparent: George had a large tumor on the top of his head.

Veterinarian Dr. Tristan Rich offered to perform the goldfish surgery to remove the offending tumor, but warned that there was no guarantee. "It's a very fiddly procedure, and you have to be very careful about blood loss," he explained.

When the time arrived for George's surgery, Dr. Rich was ready. It was a tricky procedure, and the tenacious vet had to be clever if he was going to keep George alive.

Next page: Find out how Dr. Rich was able to save George's life.  
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