Dog Gets a Leg Up in Prosthetics

May 7, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

CBS’s The Early Show recently featured Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, an orthopedic surgeon in the College of Veterinary Medicine, in a report about a three-legged dog, Cassidy, who became the first canine in the world to receive a permanent artificial leg. Marcellin-Little attached a titanium socket made in a lab in NC State’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering to the German Shephard mix’s right rear tibia last summer. In March, X-rays showed the bone was fusing with the rod, which “could one day lead to better prosthetics for wounded combat veterans and others.” Marcellin-Little told The News & Observer that he was “a little bit shocked” that Cassidy could walk so easily so quickly.

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