|Surgeons reattach cat's face|
|Written by Neil|
|Wednesday, 10 December 2008|
A cat's face was reattached by veterinarians in Boston after serious burns left the animal's face dangling off its head.
Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired female cat, went missing from its home in Winthrop, Massachusetts, for three days last week. When the cat finally returned, the owner found it sitting in the litter box - with part of its face dangling from its head.
Veterinarians said they believe the injury was caused by a car's fan belt, which the cat might have approached in an effort to stay warm.
"When her owner saw her face, she passed out," said Elizabeth Kendrick, a surgical technician at Angell animal medical centre.
The owner, who asked not to be identified, rushed Edgar to an animal hospital.
Remarkably, Edgar suffered no major blood loss nor any permanent nerve damage from the accident, and veterinary surgeons were able to stitch the facial skin back on during an hour-long surgery. The pet is expected to make a full recovery.
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