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10-Year-Old Gold Fish Survives Brain Surgery,Recovers Swimmingly

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George the goldfish is doing swimmingly after having a tumor removed from his head last week.

The family of the 10-year-old goldfish noticed the growth, and took George into the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne. Dr. Tristan Rich oversaw George’s operation — the first step was placing the goldfish into a bucket of water laced with anesthetic, which put him under. As soon as he was out, Rich put a tube into George’s mouth to wash more anaesthetic water over his gills.

Doctors carefully remove the tumor from George’s head, which ultimately saved the 10-year-old’s life.


The tumor was then quickly removed, and George received four stitches to the head.

George was given painkillers, and then sent to the “recovery room,” a.k.a. a bucket of regular water. He quickly got back to swimming, and then was able to go home with his family. It cost just $300 to save George’s life, and the animal hospital says while it may seem like an unusual surgery, it’s not the first of its kind.MYNEWSHUB


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