Surgeons at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) have performed surgery which has saved a 16-month-old cat\u2019s life in a procedure that many cats don\u2019t survive.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Seal Point Mitted Ragdoll cat, called Loui, was referred to the AHT\u2019s Small Animal Centre in September with severe liver dysfunction and surgeons at the AHT quickly diagnosed a blocked bile duct in Loui\u2019s intestine and operated immediately. It wasn\u2019t until they operated, however, that they realised it was a little more complex than they initially thought.\r\nLoui\u2019s case was a particularly unusual one,\u201d said Daniela Murgia, who leads the AHT\u2019s soft tissue surgery team at the AHT. \u201cGoing into surgery we hoped it would be quite straightforward to unblock the bile duct, in order to restore his liver function.\r\n\u201cUnfortunately the main bile duct could not be saved, which meant we had to perform an altogether more highly complex and invasive procedure.\r\n\u201cIn order to reconstruct the link between the gall bladder and the gut, the gall bladder had to be attached directly to the intestine. During surgery Loui developed severe complications due to low blood pressure, which could have been fatal or left him with damage to his vital organs.\u201d\r\nHowever, Loui, whose breed is renowned for its striking blue eyes and \u2018colourprint\u2019 coat, had a lot of fight and despite the complexities of his case, began to pull through against the odds as recovery rates from this type of surgery are generally quite low.\r\nLoui\u2019s owner, Cas Anderson-Dixon has also played an important role in his recuperation, as, following the surgery, AHT\u2019s team of nurses had to syringe-feed him recovery food at regular intervals \u2013 and Cas had to learn how to perform the procedure herself.\r\nShe said: \u201cWe were so worried about our poor Loui, he means the world to us \u2013 as do our other members of our feline family \u2013 and I\u2019m sure other pet owners can relate to this! We visited him as much as possible while he was in the intensive care unit.\r\n\u201cThe staff at AHT were just incredible, he wouldn\u2019t be here now if it wasn\u2019t for them. The AHT is an amazing charity and the level of care and support is second to none. We are extremely grateful.\u201d\r\nLoui is just one of more than 3,000 animals the AHT has helped in 2012. The veterinary charity, based near Newmarket in Suffolk, offers veterinary referrals to horses, dogs and cats from across the UK. For more information on the work of the AHT visit the website.