erman Shepherd Bella was just nine months old when she suffered multiple skull fractures in the smash which left her head “like a jigsaw puzzle”. But she has made a full recovery after vets used titanium mesh in pioneering two-hour reconstruction surgery.
Brave face pup Bella with owner Maria
“We all call Bella the super dog. I don’t think there’s many other pets that could survive what she’s been through.”
The high-tech surgery — reminiscent of the op to rebuild injured astronaut Col Steve Austin in 1970s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man — saw vets stabilise her jaw and palate with a wire frame.
Her face was then reconstructed with the mesh, only ever previously used in the UK for brain and cancer surgery.
Bella was able to eat by herself within two days and had the dental frame removed weeks later.
Bruised Bella after a pioneering operation
Treatment would have cost £8,000 but the clinic capped it at £6,000. Maria’s insurance covered up to only £1,000.
Rosario said: “When we saw the CT scan of Bella’s face, it was like looking at a jigsaw puzzle.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time this type of surgery has been done in the UK on a trauma case in a dog.”
Bella's severe head injuries left her ‘looking like a jigsaw puzzle’
Megan, 8, with 'superdog' Bella
She recalled: “Bella bolted out straight into the road and was hit by the motorbike.
“All I could see was Bella’s face pouring with blood. It looked like her jaw had fallen off — every bone in her face was smashed. We’re so grateful to the vets.”
Bella made a full recovery after vets used a titanium mesh to rebuild her face in pioneering surgery