10-year-old goldfish endures life-threatening surgery

Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 23:18:30-04

Melbourne, Australia – No one expects a goldfish to live past a few months, but one fish has beaten those odds. George the goldfish is a miracle to say the least.

The 10-year-old goldfish underwent life-threatening tumor surgery last Thursday at Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

The head of the hospital’s exotic and wildlife veterinarian team, Dr. Tristan Rich, performed the $200 surgery.

Rich prepared three buckets for the procedure. He filled two with substantial amounts of anesthetics and the third with clean water as a recovery unit for George.

While George slept, Rich ran an oxygenated tube into the fish’s mouth, which poured anesthetic water all over his gills.

According toLort Smith’s Facebook page, Rich “had to use a gelatin sponge to control the bleeding during surgery” and “put in four sutures then sealed the rest of the wound with tissue glue.”

The surgery lasted a total of 45 minutes.

Following the procedure, George was placed in the recovery zone, and injected with painkillers and antibiotics.

Today, George is at home. Happily swimming alongside 38 other goldfish in a Melbourne, Australia pond.

-Meghan Kee