Artful dodger on the mend

DODGER the koala will soon be back on his feet.

He was hit by a car on the Pacific Highway outside the health campus on November 23 and a member of the public alerted WIRES to his plight.

Koala carer Helen Jarvis took Dodger to Pacific Vetcare where Dr David Johnson diagnosed a fractured leg without any further critical damage and deemed him a good candidate for surgical repair. Surgery was scheduled for a week later at the brand-new Pacific Vetcare Hospital in Harbour Drive.

Surgeon Dr Allan Hudson was able to use the surgery's new digital X-ray machine to understand the full extent of the bone break and anaesthetic nurse Sharni Walton was pleased with Dodger's recovery from anaesthesia in the new heated recovery unit.

A happy Dodger was sent back to Ms Jarvis for rehabilitation the following day after a full recovery from the surgery.

He will spend four weeks under her care and if all is well will then be released back into the wild.



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