Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick ‘prepared for 30 years’ to save his beloved dog after tragic accident

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Hankies at the ready, people. Everyone’s favourite vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, is back to work his magic on animals who seem to be out of options.

A beacon of hope for many families and their fur babies, Noel and his team at the Fitzpatrick Referrals clinic are used to performing mind-blowing surgery and making miracles happen.

However, even 30 years in the business couldn’t prepare Noel for the emotional blow that turned his world upside down when his own dog, Keira, was hit by a van in September last year. The latest series of the show kicks off tonight (Thursday 27 May) at 8pm on Channel 4 with The Supervet Special: Saving My Dog.

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The episode follows every step of the dramatic battle to save Noel’s beloved Border terrier – from the first heartbreaking hours after the accident to the cutting-edge surgery Noel performs to save his best friend’s life.

“I’m not married and I don’t have children, so Keira has been the one relationship that I’ve had consistently throughout the evolution of Fitzpatrick Referrals,” revealed Noel, who’s dedicated his life to revolutionising veterinary practices.

“She hasn’t just been my best friend, she’s been my confidante, my cuddle pal, my reason to get up in the morning some days,” he explained.

He added: “She’s my muse. When I think about any animal that comes through these doors, I think about how I would treat her. There’s hope, there always has to be hope because love, hope and faith are all we’ve got. She’s all of that to me.”

The stakes are high because Keira is 13 years old, which means any kind of surgery and subsequent recovery are risky. Plus the poor pup suffered a number of life-threatening injuries in the accident including a ruptured abdominal lining and urinary bladder, a crushed sacrum and pelvis and a dislocated hip.

After allowing soft tissue specialists to repair Keira’s bladder, Noel must undertake the ultimate challenge of realigning her pelvis.

“I prepared for 30 years for that moment to step up to the plate and take the shot,” said the Professor.

At each perilous turn in Keira’s treatment there are obstacles the surgeons must overcome in order to save her life.

It’s a nail-biting and heart-wrenching account of one man’s journey to save his dog, and believe us when we say you’ll be blubbering by the end of it.

Watch The Supervet Special: Saving My Dog Thursday 27 May on Channel 4 at 8pm

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