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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEWS - OKLAHOMA CITY GIRAFFE DIES DURING SURGERY

Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe dies during surgery

original article can be found HERE

Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe from the Oklahoma City Zoo, was facing a life-threatening birth defect. She underwent surgery at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Tuesday.
 
 
By Matt Patterson April 8, 2014
— An Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe that underwent surgery Tuesday for a life-threatening birth defect has died, Oklahoma City Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.


Kyah, a 6 month old giraffe, died Tuesday during an operation to remove a persistent right aortic arch that had resulted in a blood vessel growing around her esophagus. The birth defect prevented her from eating solid foods. The first signs were noticed several months after her birth. Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.
The hours-long operation was considered a long shot, but zoo officials and a team of veterinarians from Oklahoma State University determined it was her only chance to survive.

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