A dog that was severely burned in a fire will become the first canine to undergo a new “breakthrough” treatment to heal her.
Sadie, a 2-year-old terrier mix, was injured when a heat lamp and hay in her kennel to keep her warm in the winter weather caught on fire, WWL in New Orleans reported.
Sadie was burned on 70% of her body, according to the report. A veterinary surgeon, Dr. Dena Lodato, stepped in to help, and Sadie is being treated with hyperbaric oxygen and pain medication.
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Now, burn doctors from University Medical Center New Orleans are also pitching in to help Sadie with a new treatment: AVITA Medical RECELL, according to the report.
Under the RECELL treatment, doctors use a sample of the patient’s skin to create a spray that helps regenerate the outer layer of skin, according to AVITA. It can be prepared and used in a half-hour.
“I just really want people to know that we are here for them,” Dr. Nicole Kopari, a surgeon at UMCNO, told WWL. “We’re here for the community, and our care for these patients extends much beyond just the hospital, even to their pets.”
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AVITA donated the RECELL kit for Sadie’s treatment, according to the report. It has never been used to treat a dog before.
Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, told WWL that “this is a breakthrough moment” for pets and the people who care about them.
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After Sadie recovers, she will be going to a rescue group in New Jersey, according to the report.