Betty can see!!(Note: The photo above is NOT a post op photo..it was taken yesterday prior to surgery)
Today was a very emotional but exciting day for all of us. Betty, whose lable of “blind” has been lifted, had her surgery this morning! We got the word at about 2 PM that the surgery performed by Dr. Ledbetter was a huge success reulsting in perfect vision for this sweet beagle who was born blind! We were told she will see for the first time in her life when she wakes up from anesthesia. Let the tears of joy flow! A big sigh of relief was heard from coast to coast.
Later…early evening brought the report that although she was slow coming out of anesthesia, she was doing very well. She is in ICU at Cornell University veterinary hospital where she has 4 people tending to her 24 hrs/day. Joseph was the main vet student assigned to care for her post op. He reports that he has to install medication to her eyes every 5 minutes for 4 hours directly after surgery. He said later he took her out to walk her and to let her go potty. He said she was hesitant to walk as she saw the ground for the first time! She slowly tried to put one paw down after the other. It took her just a little bit to figure out how to walk with sight. Then we got the best news. She lifted her head and saw a tech walking another beagle patient about forty feet away and she dragged Joseph all the way over there. How ironic is it that the very first dog she has ever seen in her life….was a beagle! More tears!
Unfortunately, Betty is not allowed to have visitors until she is discharged..not even her foster parents so we won’t have any photos or footage of her until Friday or Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who made this possible. We cannot find the words to thank you! Keep watching our site as we will be posting photos and updates regularly.