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This 10-year-old pet goldfish had surgery to remove a tumour, and was saved

George the goldfish was a “much-loved pet”.

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GEORGE THE GOLDFISH was a “much-loved” pet, but was suffering from a tumour on his head.

So he was taken to hospital in Melbourne, where vet Tristan Rich decided to operate.

First he got George to swim in a bucket of water laced with anaesthetic.

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When this had sedated him, George was laid out on the operating table with a tube from a second bucket of water containing a maintenance dose of anaesthetic – to make sure he stayed unconscious.

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Rich was then able to operate and remove the tumour. “The size of it meant that he had to use a gelatine sponge to control the bleeding during surgery,” according to the hospital.

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After an operation reportedly lasting 45 minutes, George was given injections for pain relief and antibiotics. He was then taken off the table and put in a bucket of oxygenated water with no anaesthetic.

Soon afterwards he took a couple of breaths on his own and started swimming around, the hospital said.

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Rich told the Sydney Morning Herald that 10-year-old George could now expect to live up to 30 years if he remains healthy.

The hospital said the surgery “went swimmingly”.

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via Lort Smith Hospital

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