|Treatment Type||Exploratory surgery to remove foreign body|
|Outcome||Successful 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.