My daughter, Kate, works at an Emergency Veterinary Clinic. The Clinic is open when the regular veterinary offices are closed, overnight, weekends and holidays. Most of the pets that come into the clinic are severely injured or seriously ill.
On this particular Saturday, a boxer had 5 puppies at home, had been laboring for a couple of hours and not making any progress, so her owners brought her and the puppies to the Emergency Clinic. The Veterinarian took an x-ray and could see two puppies stuck, one in each uterine horn.
The staff members were not hopeful, usually puppies that have been stuck for a number of hours do not survive. The Veterinarian started a cesarean section and pulled out, one, two and surprise three puppies. Each puppy was handed to one of the staff members. The puppies were rubbed and suctioned to stimulate their breathing.
Kate spent minutes rubbing and suctioning the puppy she was handed and rubbing some more and finally the puppy took a breath!
Happily the three puppies delivered by C-section all survived and after making sure they were latching on and nursing they were able to go home with their brothers, sisters, and lucky momma!
As you can see from the smile on Kate’s face – it was an awesome night at work!