Oscar was taken to Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinarian in Surrey. Working with a team from University College London led by Professor Gordon Blunn, Mr Fitzpatrick was able to create prosthetic legs called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics, or itaps. Mr Fitzpatrick states:
“We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an ‘exoprosthesis’ that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal’s limbs to give him effectively normal gait.”
Click through for a video of Oscar and be sure to catch Noel Fitzpatrick in a BBC documentary called The Bionic Vet, airing June 30 on BBC One.