Gabriel, December 1996
Gabriel is a young male Labrador found in the Ft. Lauderdale area who apparently escaped from his home or was abandoned. While on his walkabout he was struck by a car and severely injured. He was rescued by a student who took him to a vet clinic. The initial x-ray showed a broken femur, but Gabriel was not bearing any weight at all on either hind leg and the vets were concerned that he might have a fractured pelvis as well. Surgery to repair the break was going to be extremely expensive and there was some doubt as to how old the injury was.
LABMED was contacted on Gabriel's behalf by a concerned member of Labrador-L. When we contacted the vet clinic in search of more information the decision had already been made to crate rest Gabriel for 6 weeks to see how the leg would heal. This left a bill at the vet's that LABMED decided to pay. The rescuer paid a portion of the bill but refused reimbursement from LABMED and in fact offered to help us with fund raising projects!
Update July 1998:
We have heard from Gabriel's rescuer! He reports that Gabriel is doing great, and though his leg is still broken he doesn't seem to notice. We hope to have a picture of Gabe to share soon!
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