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Cambridge vets rebuild dog hit by car

Ruby the lurcher
Ruby the lurcher recovered from her injuries in five weeks

A team of 40 vets, nurses and students in Cambridge have nursed back to health a dog that was hit by a car and injured.

Ruby, a three-year-old lurcher, suffered broken legs, a fractured sternum, a dislocated knee, ruptured ligaments and internal bleeding.

She received treatment for five weeks after the accident on 26 January at Queen's Veterinary School Hospital.

They repaired her fractures with four metal plates and screws.

A skin graft was also used to cover a wound.

Dr Heidi Radke, orthopaedic surgeon, said: "When she first came in she was unable to stand and could barely lift her head.

"But as soon as she felt a bit better she would try to wag her tail.

"Every time she visits us now she gets hugely excited and greets every person she got to know during her stay in the hospital."

The doctor is confident Ruby will eventually make almost a full recovery.

"I hope she'll be back to normal exercise in three months' time," she said.

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