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

Dr. Rich put George under for surgery using a series of three buckets. The first bucket had pond water heavily laced with the anesthetic to put George under, and the second bucket had pond water with just enough anesthetic to keep George asleep.

A tube ran from the second bucket into George's mouth to pump anesthetized water over his gills while he was on the surgery table.

The actual procedure is quick and straightforward," Dr. Rich said.  "[But] it's quite fiddly, as you can imagine with an 80-gram fish, and you've got to make sure you can control any blood loss. He can only lose about half a mil [milliliter]," or about four 100ths of an ounce.

Dr. Rich carefully cut away the tumor and the entire procedure took just 45 minutes. The vet then released George into the third bucket, filled with oxygenated pond water, and left him to recover.

"George is now doing great; he spent a few days in the tank, and is now swimming happily in the pond," Dr. Rich said.

Goldfish can live up to 30 years if they have enough space, good water conditions and good food. Dr. Rich gave George a 20-year lease on life!

You can see the pictures of George's surgery below (some images may be disturbing). All images are courtesy of Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Rich preps George's anesthesia and recovery buckets.

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Dr. Rich preparing the "breathing tube" for George from the second bucket of water.

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You can see the "breathing tube" pumping water over George's gills and the brain tumor in the background. Poor George. george

George undergoes his surgery to remove the tumor from his head.

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Dr. Rich is very gentle with his patient. You can see the "breathing tube" that is pumping water with anesthesia into George's mouth and over his gills.

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The tumor removal was a success! No wonder the poor guy was having a hard time. Yuck.

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Dr. Rich releases George into the third bucket of water to recover. He says the whole thing went "swimmingly."

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Source: The Age
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