Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick reveals scariest moment of his career
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The Channel 4 vet said that the incident in late 2020 was the most diffilcult and nerve-wracking moment of his 20-year career. Recalling the tragic event on this week’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the 53-year-old admitted that he now no longer gets nervous in the opertating theatre. “I wouldn’t be able to do it,” he said. “I recently had to operate on my own dog, Keira, and I was probably more nervous than I’ve been for 20 years”.
On September 18, Noel and his 13-year-old border terrier left the Surrey-based vetinary centre surgery a delivery van accidently struck Keira.
Despite Noel’s attempt to pull her to safety, the canine was crushed under the wheel with a shattered pelvis and crushed organs.
Keira was whisked into surgery with internal organ damage at her owner’s practice, where Noel had to make the decision to operate on his own dog’s shattered pelvis.
Having previously treated on Meghan Markle’s dog and Russell Brand’s cat, the orthopaedic and neuro surgeon was unsure whether if he could face opertating on his own pet.
He told the podcast: “It isn’t so much nerves as knowing that I could fail and accepting that that’s part of the journey and as long as the family’s on that journey with you, and you’ve discussed the ethics with them, then I don’t think nerves really help.
“Once you blow the doors of the theatre, usually with your foot and you walk in somehow, any mist you may have had evaporates and somehow it’s a magical thing.
“You pick up the scalpel blade and you become the person who’s gonna save the world.”
Describing the best part of his job, Noel said: “There’s a wonderful joy in sending home an animal that is scooped up off a roadside with little hope and returning them to full function and a smiling family.”
Last October, Noel published How Animals Saved My life: Being the Supervet, detailing what it’s actually like to be The Supervet.
Thankfully, Keira’s surgery was a success and Noel has been sharing updates on her recovery with fans on social media.
A photo of the border terrier to was Twitter posted in November said: “ Good Morning everyone Thank you so much for all of your thoughts, prayers and kindness.
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“I finally have all my tubes out and I’m getting a little stronger each day. ‘Onwards and upwards and let’s find the joy in the day’ as daddy would say. Love you. Thank you again. Keira x.”
Watch all of the Supervet series on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4.
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