A frostbitten feline gets 3D-printed titanium limbs.
This is the story of true compassion and good deed’s. We need to understand that all animals are living creatures that have basis emotions and are able to feel pain. Pets make humans more compassionate, makes us a better person and teach us about emphaty.
Dymka ( which means „mist” in Russian) is a 4 years old cat from Novokuznetsk in Siberia (Russia).
Is a well known fact that in Siberia, temperatures average well below freezing throughout the winter. Average temperatures in eastern central Siberia, hover near -38 degrees Fahrenheit while the average in north central part is an even colder -47 degrees. With such low temperatures frostbites apear on freezed skin and tissue, particularly in extremities. In severe cases, the tissue dies and amputation becomes life saving operation.
The feline has been found suffering from frostbite of her paws, ears and tail by a passing driver in 2018. Being taken to veterinaries, they had to amputate those in order to save her life.
Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov working with researchers from Tomsk Polytechnic University in Tomsk, Russia have created the metal paws.
Acording to Life Science (link) Researchers used 3D print technology to make the titanium rods. In July 2019 Dymka received her prosthetic implants
On YouTube is shared a video by the veterinary clinic on Dec. 10, 2019 — seven months after Dymka’s new paws were attached — she is enjoying walking around an examination room and playing with a fringe on a blanket.
Surprisingly, this is not the first cat with prostheses legs. In 2016 , the male cat Ryzhik, who was suffering from similar frostbites, was the first to receive 3d printed prosthetics