10/02/2020
Date18/11/2019
ClinicBalcatta
SpeciesEmu
Treatment TypeExploratory surgery to remove foreign body
OutcomeSuccessful surgical removal of a screw

Baby Bruce was not emu-sed

This is the story of Bruce, a four-week-old baby Emu who presented to us after having swallowed a very large and sharp screw. Bruce was admitted into our care and by x-ray we were able to determine that the screw was located in his proventiculus, the first region of his stomach.

We attempted to remove the screw via endoscopy, which was unfortunately unsuccessful. Dr Sam then proceeded to surgery where the screw was successfully removed from baby Bruce with much cheer from the team!
Bruce recovered well from his anaesthetic. Not long after his surgery he was fed a combination of broccoli chop and crumble which he comfortably ate. Bruce also passed several normal droppings throughout the night, which is important for his recovery journey.

Bruce was discharged home and provided he continues to keep his appetite up and his droppings remain normal, we are hoping to see Bruce back to his happy, healthy self in no time.

Dr Sam getting acquainted with baby Bruce.
Dr Sam getting acquainted with baby Bruce.
Bruce intubated and anaesthetised in preparation for his procedures.
Bruce intubated and anaesthetised in preparation for his procedures.
The x-ray clearly identifying the large screw and its exact location.
The x-ray clearly identifying the large screw and its exact location.
Dr Sam attempting to remove the screw via endoscopy.
Dr Sam attempting to remove the screw via endoscopy.
Bruce just after he was intubated.
Bruce just after he was intubated.
A catheter was placed to administer fluids throughout his surgery.
A catheter was placed to administer fluids throughout his surgery.
Bruce prepped and clipped around the surgical site.
Bruce prepped and clipped around the surgical site.
The large screw being removed.
The large screw being removed.
There's the culprit. Very large and sharp indeed.
There's the culprit. Very large and sharp indeed.
Dr Sam suturing the surgical incision to close it up.
Dr Sam suturing the surgical incision to close it up.
Bruce receiving his 'Patient of the Day' award for his bravery.
Bruce receiving his 'Patient of the Day' award for his bravery.
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