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PUBLISHED: 12:53 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:53 24 November 2015

Scamp’s owners, Micky and Christopher Elliott of Wickham Market.

Scamp’s owners, Micky and Christopher Elliott of Wickham Market.


After an unexpected sudden car accident, Scamp the terrier certainly needed urgent care. But it soon became apparent that he needed further reconstructive surgery by the team at Christchurch Veterinary Referrals to help repair a damaged heel-bone

The X-ray which revealed Scamp’s damaged heel-bone.The X-ray which revealed Scamp’s damaged heel-bone.

Terrible things can sometimes happen within the blink of an eye. Scamp, a typical cairn terrier of five years, was staying with his owners’ son and daughter-in-law in Bury St Edmunds. As the front door of their house was opened, Scamp raced out onto a busy street and was promptly hit by a car. He had somehow survived the impact and was immediately taken to Eastgate vets in Bury where his condition was pronounced critical. Following swift emergency treatment and subsequent care, Scamp rallied and had fully recovered from his shock by the following day. However, it soon became clear that his left hind leg had been badly damaged. X-rays taken at Eastgate revealed that Scamp had sustained a very serious heel-bone fracture. The left heel-bone, measuring less than 2cm in length, had shattered into three tiny fragments. It was at this point that Scamp was referred to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals in Ipswich for a solution.

Scamp’s left heel-bone was meticulously reconstructed at CVR using a mini-compression plate, the type used to fix finger fractures in people. His left ankle was then immobilised with an external bar to protect the tiny plate whilst the fracture began to heal. The latter was subsequently removed after six weeks. X-rays at this time confirmed that Scamp’s heel-bone was healing very well and he was beginning to use his left hind leg normally. Scamp’s owners, Micky and Christopher Elliott of Wickham Market, are thrilled with his recovery. Christopher comments: “We truly thought Scamp was a goner when we first saw him after his car accident. What Shane and his team have done is truly miraculous.”


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