Handicapped Duck Recovering from Rare Eye Surgery
NEW YORK – Lucky, an 8-year-old female Pekin duck that recently underwent a life-changing surgery to remove severe cataracts from both of her eyes, is recovering and resuming a more normal life thanks to doctors from Veterinary Emergency Referral Group, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Brooklyn.
Lucky was rescued at a young age by Elias Orbe, 39, after he discovered the duckling struggling to walk due to a deformity in which its legs naturally turned inwards. Lucky shares a typical New Jersey home with Orbe and three other ducks, Dino, Penguin and Fluff, each of whom were rescued due to various health issues.
In 2017, Orbe began noticing Lucky was having issues with seeing people, food and other objects. Lucky’s primary care veterinarians at The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine later diagnosed her with a cataract, however surgery was delayed for further observation. Finally, after Lucky’s vision continued to worsen, she was referred to VERG and underwent surgery last month.
During the surgery veterinarians from both VERG and The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine were on-hand to ensure Lucky was stable under anesthesia. “Lucky’s surgery was performed with a special bird sized tip on our phacoemulsification machine,” Dr. Alex LoPinto, an ophthalmologist at VERG. “Overall, we are pleased with the result of Lucky’s surgery and she is recovering well at home, barring any major setbacks she should be well on her way to a more normal life.” According to Orbe, Lucky has made significant progress since undergoing the surgery.
“Before the surgery, Lucky’s vision had deteriorated to the point where she could not find me as I moved around the house or even see food before it was touching her bill. It’s amazing to see the dramatic improvement since.” said Orbe. “We owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped Lucky throughout this process, including Dr. LoPinto, Dr. Cleary and Lorelei D’volio for their help in getting her through the surgery smoothly.” Lucky will return to VERG at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday for her final post-surgery recheck.
For more information of VERG, team members or veterinary services offered at the hospital, please visit https://www.verg-brooklyn.com/.
About Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group:
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) was formed in 2005 by Dr. Brett Levitzke to provide emergency services and specialty medicine to the Brooklyn community. Open 24-hours, seven-days-a-week, VERG’s team of emergency doctors, specialty doctors, technicians and assistants are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care within a nurturing environment. Their services include, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology and more. VERG can be reached at 718.522.9400 and is located at 196 4 th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.