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 PattersonApril 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.