Harry loses fight for life

Community rallied to try to save dog

Last updated 08:14 10/07/2012
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Harry the affenpinscher died at the weekend despite the best efforts to save his life.

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The extraordinary tale of a little Stratford dog's fight for survival has had a sad ending.

Late last month vets, medical suppliers and couriers pulled out all the stops to ensure Harry, a six-year- old affenpinscher, got the help he needed as a degenerative throat condition threatened his life.

Sadly, Harry lost his battle and died on Saturday after returning home.

Yesterday, the efforts of those involved was praised by owner Marianne Jordan who said the vets had done all they could.

Mrs Jordan said a lot of people had made a big effort but "unfortunately he died".

Although the cost of the whole medical operation was initially believed to be close to $6000, Mrs Jordan said they were yet to receive a bill and no final figure was known.

She did not wish to comment further.

Harry hit the headlines when vets at the Massey University veterinary teaching hospital used a piece of No 8 wire ingenuity to modify a stent usually used to treat humans with bile duct disease.

The only other metallic stent suitable for a dog his size was in the United States - a two-week delivery.

The stent was inserted into his trachea and, when in position, expanded to the right size to allow proper airflow.

It was thought Harry would have needed a long time to recover.

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