Arthur the cat is lucky to be alive.The 4-year-old Siamese cat was down on his luck in the health department and was dying. That is, until the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital performed a successful kidney transplant on the cat, which saved his life.
When his owners, Tony Lacaria and Frederick Petrick Jr. found out Arthur was suffering from chronic renal failure, they brought their kitty to the University of Pennyslvania and the University of Wisconsin’s veterinary hospitals, only to be denied access to the kidney transplants due to the possibility of complications.
“At that point Arthur was very ill. He was dying,” Lacaria recounted. “We got in the car and drove for 10 hours to get to (UGA). We didn’t even know if we would be accepted into UGA’s kidney transplant program. He only had a few weeks to live. We were very upset.”
And they had every right to be upset. Luckily, the folks at UGA didn’t give up on Arthur and gave the kitty a chance. The owners met with Dr. Chad Schmiedt, a board-certified animal surgeon who is head of the feline kidney transplant program, to discuss the possibility of a kidney transplant. When he learned the cat’s body didn’t properly absorb Cyclosporine, he suggested they use feline adult stem cells.
Arthur was able to receive a much-needed kidney transplant on May 15, and it was the second successful feline kidney transplant using feline stem cells that was performed at UGA. Research is still going on to determine if it is right .
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