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Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca

16 August 2017

A tiny rescue dog, who recently underwent life-saving heart surgery at Willows, is now recovering in his new home after being adopted by Rebecca the Willows’ nurse who helped to look after him!

Rupert, a long-haired dachshund pup, was seriously unwell from birth and taken to East Midlands Dog Rescue and soon after, it was discovered he was suffering from a life-threatening congenital heart condition.


Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca


Rupert was referred to the Willows cardiology team after being diagnosed with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which sees the blood vessel that connects two major cardiac arteries remaining open when it should have closed after birth. Uncorrected, the condition can lead to heart failure.

Rupert was so very tiny when he came to see the cardiology team and faced an uncertain time as he was so small that he needed to put on weight in order to be big enough for the specialist surgeons to carry out the keyhole procedure.

After reaching just over 2kg, the cardiology team were able to proceed with the operation, making him one of the smallest dogs in the UK to undergo such a procedure.

During his stay, this adorable little puppy won the heart of surgical nurse Rebecca and, following the successful operation, she has provided him with his magical forever home.


Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca

Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca


Rebecca, who has worked at Willows for almost five years, said: “Rupert was very ill but we had to wait until he had grown to 2kg, at which point he was big enough to be operated on. The hole that needed to be closed was really quite big and there were some doubts about whether it could be closed successfully but, thankfully, it was. Rupert was so loving, despite his condition, and so very brave that I fell in love with him and adopted him. He seems to be really happy now and is fully recovered.”


Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca

Rupert wins the heart of Willows Nurse Rebecca


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