Photoessay - Turbo - So Many Other Things


Turbo broke his right hind leg tibia. It was a significant spiral fracture that required an orthopaedic response. Specifically, Dr Fiona Starr and Dr Charlie Webb had to stabilise the tibia with a 30cm metal rod inserted into the shaft of the tibia that was also pinned. The result was a success though Turbo's owner, Amber Waters, had much difficulty keeping Turbo still during recovery; Turbo is young and as energetic as his name suggests.


15 March, 2018 - The Day Before Surgery

Dr Fiona Starr comes in on her day off, with her son Reuben, to discuss the approach that she and Dr Charlie Webb will take during surgery tomorrow. Until then, Turbo's leg is stabilised and he is sedated with MLK - a combination of Methodane, Lidocaine and Ketamine - to counteract the painful injury.

Dr Fiona Starr, her son Reuben, and Dr Charlie Webb. 15 March, 2018.

Dr Fiona Starr and her son, Reuben. 15 March, 2018.

Dr Gwen Shirlow (left), Turbo and Head Nurse Stephanie Robertson. 15 March, 2018.


16 March, 2018 - Day of Surgery

Dr Fiona Starr and Dr Charlie Webb perform the long surgery to stabilise Turbo's tibia. Multiple staff assist throughout the day.


Head Nurse Stephanie Robertson (left), Dr Fiona Starr (middle) and Nurse Georgina Earl anaesthetise and Turbo for surgery. To keep costs down for Turbo's owner, Amber Waters, they are doing a two-for: the orthopaedic surgery for the tibia, and a castration. 16 March, 2018.

Nurse Georgina Earl (rear-left) and Head Nurse Stephanie Robertson (rear-middle) continue with preparing Turbo for surgery while Dr Fiona Starr (front) and Dr Charlie Webb start scrubbing in. 16 March, 2018.

Nurse Georgine Earl (left) and Head Nurse Stephanie Robertson (middle) take Turbo to theatre, followed by a scrubbed-in Dr Fiona Starr. 16 March, 2018.

Dr Charlie Webb finishes gowns up, aided by Nurse Chelsea Rose. 16 March, 2018.

Dr Fiona Starr and Dr Charlie Webb organise the surgical drapes prior to surgery. 16 March, 2018.

Pre-visualising the first stages of the surgery. 16 March, 2018.

16 March, 2018.


Dr Fiona Starr (left), Nurse Julie Marten (middle) and Nurse Georgina Earl get ready to take Turbo to recovery. 16 March, 2018.

Dr Fiona Starr (left) and Nurse Chelsea Rose begin the process of Turbo's recovery. 16 March, 2018

Nurse Kelsey Savage monitors Turbo in recovery. 16 March, 2018.

Turbo in recovery. 16 March, 2018.

17 March, 2018 - The Day After Surgery

Turbo stayed the night in recovery before being picked up by his owner, Amber Waters, and her mum, Neridah. In the morning, Nurse Skye Longley took Turbo out to the toilet and discovered he had difficulty passing urine. A sample was taken and a catheter was used by Dr Louise Grey to extract the urine from Turbo and avoid possible infection eg of the bladder. The sample was fine and his inability to urinate was not considered a serious risk and, indeed, he had no trouble once he went home.