Now a kxly 4 news exclusive -- ...a medical success in the face of overwhelming odds.
A 9 year old cat came to washington state university with not one, not two, but three brain tumours.
Not unheard of-- but very rare.
Linus' humans battled with the option of putting their beloved cat down.... or taking a chance and going forward with a vigorous forward with a vigorous process.
Our hawk hammer has this story you'll only see here on k-x-l- y: 3 if you think of your pet... your pooch or pussycat and you'll know that at the heart of this story.... is one thing.
19:08:13"he's just personality kid, very talkative, very playful," connection.
A deep bond.
19:08:40"super super sweet guy" linus came to his owners..... dave and holly.... in a tough time.
They had just lost their previous pet.... and were shaken.
But then this furry face came into their lives.... and its been years of fun, happiness.... and a few more cats to follow.
Then a turn for the worse.
19:07:25"he would cry if we touched him, and was clearly in pain."
19:06:10"we had no idea what was going on."mri's painted a heart-rending picture.
19:38:17 "in my 15 years here i have never seen three separate miningioma's in a cat"you can see there, three tumours.... big ones.... marble sized that had slowly grown, pushing into the brain, causing massive pressure as they pushed his brain out of the way.
No wonder linus was hurting.a decision was made..... linus had been there during their tough times.
They were going to be there for his.19:16:05"i wanted to give that back to him"more imaging was done.... teams of vets, nurses, and students prepared for one of their most intense surgeries.
19:39:38"we knew it had to be a really radical surgery."the goal.... get all three tumours out in one surgery.
It didn't go as planned.
19:40:19"when we removed the skull the brain was already swelling."two were removed, but one had to stay because of the rapid swelling.
They closed him up.
But weren't able to rebuild a skull.
Here's a model of what the brain looked like.
19:41:17"i was very very concerned linus wouldn't wake up from surgery"but he was a fighter.
20 minutes later he was up.
24 hours later he was walking around with nothing but skin between the world and his brain.
19:42:20"because he recovered so well we realized we might have the opportunity to go after that third mass."
And a few weeks later, after recovering at home with his feline friends.
19:10:19"bit by bit we startedto realize he was going to make it through this"they got it out.... but the last piece of the puzzle.
How to cover that brain which was still, understandably swollen beyond the skull they removed.
A 3d printed skull.
Was the fix covering up that healing brain.
Which as you can see here..... is tumour free.
19:13:31"they had to innovate, which was the truly magical part of this."innovation, teamwork, trust.
Love for linus.nats love for life.
19:45:55"team linus is humongous and we "team linus is 19:45:55"team linus is humongous and we are all rooting for him long term."hh kxly.
After four months in and out of the teaching hospital.... it was hard to find a vet or nurse that didn't know of linus the cat...he'llcontinue radiation treatment.... just to make sure the tumors don't come back..... his family is thrilled to have him home.... but it comes at a cost.they paid well over 10-thousand dollars for the surgeries.vets say linus should have many happy years ahead.