Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

NZ Dachshund’s surgery goes on through quake

Stuff.co.nz reports on a Christchurch Dachshund who was undergoing cancer surgery when the Christchurch earthquake shook the operating room:

Veterinarian Kirsten Wylie was in the middle of a delicate operation to remove a cancerous tumour from a small dog when the earthquake struck.

Wylie refused to leave Jonah, an eight-year-old dachshund, in the Linwood surgery, completing the 45-minute procedure to remove a thyroid carcinoma by the light of a torch, along with nurse Amber Walker.

Dachshund survives surger during NZ quake

Nor did she flinch when she had to blow air into a tube to keep the dog breathing until an oxygen bottle could be connected manually.

Wylie said the “fiddly” operation had been made more difficult by the big jolt, but she never thought of leaving Jonah.

“From where I was standing, I could look out the window and see the fence falling down,” she said.

However, the dog “was blissfully unaware of the earthquake”.