March 15, 2018:  3:00 pm

We have some happy news to report on sweet puppy Thomas!  Thomas’ surgery was a success considering the complexity of his injury. All non-viable soft tissue in his head was removed, as well as all but one of the bone fragments that were pressing against his brain.

The piece that was left, had a large vessel attached to it and was too risky to remove. The hole in his skull was reconstructed with a titanium mesh, leaving room for growth as he gets older. Parts of his brain had dead tissue, those areas were removed and healthy tissue was spotted growing underneath.

While Thomas does still have a large defect in his brain from the injury, his young age and the brain’s high capability for repairing itself, along with the aid of the surgery gives us hope for recovery.   While he will likely make a physical recovery, his long-term neurological prognosis and associated functions are still unknown.

Thomas will remain in the ICU for several days while his condition is monitored and the complexity of his long-term care is assessed.   He is resting peacefully in the ICU under careful watch, but he did give us a half eye open glance to let us know he feels our love!