Tufts Veterinarians to Equip Chicken with 3D Printed Leg

A chicken’s disabled leg will be amputated and replaced with a prosthetic one, giving her a better quality of life.

A surgery is taking place at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University today. It’s not a spay or neuter surgery, or even one on a dog or cat. This surgery is an amputation of a chicken’s leg.

The chicken, named Cecily, is a rescue currently in the care of Andrea Martin, a chicken rescuer out of Clinton, Massachusetts. Martin could see that Cecily’s quality of life was poor, given that the bird had a deformed leg caused by a slipped tendon that never got fixed, CBS Boston reports. Martin and Cecily’s new owner decided that instead of euthanasia, amputation surgery and a prosthetic would be the better option. They are splitting the $2,500 veterinary bill, according to CBS Boston.

The surgery today will be performed by avian orthopedic specialist, S. Emi Knafo, DVM. With Cecily under sedation, Dr. Knafo will amputate the chicken’s right leg and do a CT scan of her left leg, Reuters reports. The scan will be used to make a 3D-printed prosthetic leg for Cecily. According to Reuters, Cecily will spend two weeks at home recovering before she is fitted for her prosthetic.

Knafo told Reuters she believed this was the first time this type of surgery had been performed on a chicken.

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