Cletus, a kitten, is named Critical Care Case of the Year
An American domestic shorthair kitten that was struck by a car is the
Cletus came to the Small Animal Teaching Hospital in August after the Lawrences saw him run under a car on a Tennessee highway and get his rear limbs caught under the tire. “When Cletus arrived he had numerous injuries including a severely torn muscle, a broken leg, multiple soft tissue wounds, and a torn bladder,” said Dr. Mitch Potter, a resident in emergency and critical care. “He was in shock and rapidly decompensating from the extensive trauma.” Cletus had to undergo a series of surgeries over several weeks to repair his bladder and other wounds.
"It was really difficult to pick the case of the year," said Dr. Douglass Macintire, P.B. Griffin Distinguished Professor of Acute and Critical Care Medicine. "We had so many great patients who fought so hard to survive and owners who sacrificed so much to help their pets. This little guy, Cletus, though, really stole our hearts. He never stopped purring or trying to play no matter what we did to him or how badly he hurt. He was very lucky to be adopted by such a wonderful loving family. Cletus and his owners represent what this award is all about -- perseverance, hope, and love."