Dr. Gregory Lewbart, professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, helps all kinds of gilled patients from goldfish to rare, expensive fish using X-rays, local anesthesia, laser surgery and more.
Take Keiko, a $30,000 koi fish suffering swim bladder a condition where the bladder is filled with fluid instead of air. He almost died under anesthesia until Lewbart inserted an I.V. and performed a cardiac massage.
But not all fish tales end as happily.
Lewbart says one fish named Shaky Butt who ironically was paralyzed in the rear end stopped breathing and died during an X-ray and that the patients owner didnt take it very well.
And Lewbart knows not to add insult to injury. When a fish dies, he insists, We dont flush em down the toilet.
Lewbart and his fishy friends will be featured on the PBS program NOVA ScienceNOW airing Oct. 18.
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