KAGS Home Page  MAIN PAGE     SITE MAP 

 

 
Watch KAGS News weeknights at 6 and 10
Suddenlink Channel 6 and 730 HD
Direct TV Channel 23.

Latest News

Hero, The Cow With Two Prosthetic Legs

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 22:51
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014
  • Hero, The Cow With Two Prosthetic Legs

COLLEGE STATION - Have you ever heard of a cow with two prosthetic legs? Well Texas A&M veterinarians hadn't either until they put them on Hero the cow. Here's the story of how Hero almost didn't make it to Texas A&M but now, he's making it out despite his rough journey.

Watching little Hero walk will on two prosthetic legs will break your heart, but this isn't a story of what Hero lost, but instead a story of what he's gained.

"I brought him out here not knowing whether he was going to be going to his death sentence," said Hero's owner Kitty Martin.

Hero was found with frostbite on both of his legs tail in Virginia last April, before Martin rescued him and took him to her all-animal rescue ranch.

"The ones that they say are unadoptable, can't be helped," said Martin.

Martin called vets all around the country, seeing who could help Hero, and ended up making the trip here.

"We almost lost him along the way. He went critical and was in ICU for a day or two, I believe, here," Martin said.

Hero's road to recovery was far from over once he reached Aggieland.

Martin said, "If they felt that it was against his quality of life that he would put down... And I had no idea whether he was going to walk out of here or not, but I loved him that much to take a chance."

And that chance paid off, since Hero's surgery was a huge success.

"We got totally healthy skin to cover the whole bottom of the stump. We also were able to bring the tendons around so that we had a nice cushion so that it wasn't bone on skin touching the prosthetic," said Dr. Ashlee Watts, Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Texas A&M.

Now Hero has his permanent prosthetic legs, something Martin and Hero's doctors never thought they'd see.

Hero's doing better than anyone expected and after he goes home soon, he should only have to come back for some readjustments to his legs.

"I can't put it into words... This was worth everything..." Martin said.

Truly Martin's Hero... The little cow that could.

Hero is expected to go home Tuesday afternoon. If you'd like to help Hero out with his medical bills, you can donate to Selah Ranch through their Facebook page by clicking here.

 

Related Articles

Bombers Sweep Generals after 3-2 victory

Bombers Sweep Generals after 3-2 victory
Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(((BRAZOS VALLEY BOMBERS PRESS RELEASE))) Bryan-College Station, TX (July 30, 2014) – Overcoming an early deficit, the Brazos Valley Bombers (3... More>>

Gillman and Neale Hold Leads Through 36 Holes at 39th Junior PGA

Gillman and Neale Hold Leads Through 36 Holes at 39th Junior PGA
Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(((JUNIOR PGA PRESS RELEASE))) BRYAN, Texas - (July 30, 2014) Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, extended her lead through 36 holes in the girls' divi... More>>

Fabrice Lapierre Finishes Fourth in Commonwealth Games Long Jump

Fabrice Lapierre Finishes Fourth in Commonwealth Games Long Jump
Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(((TEXAS A&M PRESS RELEASE))) GLASGOW, Scotland - A season best leap of 26 feet, 3 inches (8.00) placed Australian Fabrice Lapierre fourth in the... More>>

30 Aggies in NFL Training Camps

30 Aggies in NFL Training Camps
Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(((TEXAS A&M PRESS RELEASE))) COLLEGE STATION -- With NFL training camps opening across the country, 30 former Texas A&M football players are... More>>

Texas A&M College of Nursing Hopes to Fill Primary Care Gap

Texas A&M College of Nursing Hopes to Fill Primary Care Gap
Updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Health Science Center is looking to take on a huge issue for the state of Texas as well as across the n... More>>