Shila the dog gets back on her feet thanks to 3D printed prosthetic limbs in Poland

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  • Shila, two, lost her legs after a horrific lawnmower accident in Poland
  • She had been unable to walk and had to drag her stumps along the ground
  • But she can finally walk properly thanks to groundbreaking operation
  • She was given a set of brand new 3D-printed legs after pioneering surgery

By

Abe Hawken For Mailonline


Published:
11:08 EST, 14 July 2016

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Updated:
15:43 EST, 14 July 2016

A dog whose hind legs were chopped off by a lawnmower accident can now walk again after she was given a set of brand new 3D-printed limbs thanks to pioneering surgery.

Shila, two, had tragically lost her legs after getting them caught in the blades of a grass cutter seven months ago in the eastern Polish town of Lublin.

Ever since the accident, she had been unable to walk properly and had to drag her stumps along the ground.

Ryszard Iwanicki, a vet who oversaw Shila’s treatment at the local Centre For Small Animals clinic, said: ‘The preparations for the operation took more than three months.’

The team of vets consulted with colleagues in the Polish cities of Legionowo and Bialystok, and one of them even went to England to meet with a veterinarian, said to be the first to have ever carried out such an operation.

The titanium prostheses were created by the Leszek Olbrzymek company in the nearby town of Pulawy.

Doctors waited anxiously to see whether the prosthesis had been successfully installed following the three-hour operation.   

Shila, two, had tragically lost her legs after getting them caught in the blades of a grass cutter in Lublin, Poland

Shila, two, had tragically lost her legs after getting them caught in the blades of a grass cutter in Lublin, Poland

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Ryszard Iwanicki, a vet who oversaw Shila's treatment at the local Centre For Small Animals clinic, said: 'The preparations for the operation took more than three months'

Ryszard Iwanicki, a vet who oversaw Shila’s treatment at the local Centre For Small Animals clinic, said: ‘The preparations for the operation took more than three months’

She can now walk again after she was given a set of brand new 3D-printed limbs thanks to pioneering surgery

She can now walk again after she was given a set of brand new 3D-printed limbs thanks to pioneering surgery

Video footage published on social media shows a vet slowly lowering Shila onto a metal table top as she is eased onto her feet. 

She can be seen gently getting used to her new limbs to the relief of watching staff.

Vet Iwanicki said: ‘She began to walk really early. Now she is even trying to scratch behind her ear with the new back legs. It makes us very happy.’

Shila is still recovering from the operation and the vet said it would take her some time to get used to her new legs, and also for her to get her strength back in her hind muscles again.

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