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$5 goldfish gets $500 surgery to remove tumor

By Mason White 5:51 PM April 3, 2016
The fish 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A pet lover of Australia, spend a lot of money to save her goldfish that swims in a pound on her farm.

A veterinarian has carried out an unusual surgery to save the life of the nine-year-old goldfish that suffered a brain tumor.

Dr. Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, made the incredible surgery to remove the tumor from the fish named Bubbles.

The surgery was not easy as Dr. Rich had to find ways to perform the surgery on the fish out of the water.

Dr. Rich wrote on Facebook that he set up three buckets of water, one with a knock-out dose of anaesthetic added in, one with a maintenance level of anaesthetic and one with clean water as the recovery unit.

“Bubbles went for a swim in the bucket with the anaesthetic, and once it was asleep, we ran a tube from the maintenance bucket, which was being oxygenated into Bubbles’ mouth so the water washed over its gills,” Dr. Tristan said.

“We worked quickly to remove the tumor and sealed the wound with tissue glue. Once that had set, Bubbles was placed in the recovery unit and given oxygen. It was also given injections with long-acting pain relief and antibiotics. Soon afterwards, it took a couple of breaths on its own and started swimming around,” the doctor added.

Fortunately, the surgery was successful and the fish went home with its owner. Goldfish can live up to 30 years.