Brighton vets have saved the life of a cat involved in a horrific car accident.

Karen Davis, Ellie Phillips, Suki and Polly Phillips.

Two-year-old Suki was left with terrible injuries after being run over by a car. When she failed to return home that evening, owner Polly Phillips reported the cat missing before receiving a call from the PDSA saying the cat had been brought in.

PDSA vet nurse Karen Davis recalls Suki’s injuries were among the worst seen at the busy hospital in Preston Park, Brighton.

She said: ”Things weren’t looking good for little Suki when she came in. Her left eye had been completely pushed out of its socket and it seemed as though she couldn’t see out of her right eye. Her face was very badly damaged and we had to operate on her as soon as we possibly could to give her as much chance as possible of surviving. We stabilised Suki with emergency care and rushed her to the operating theatre.

“We x-rayed Suki, which showed her jaw was broken as well as one of her teeth; fortunately there were no other major injuries to her body apart from a torn tongue where a tooth had ripped through it. We repaired the jaw with surgical wire but sadly couldn’t save her severely damaged eye, which had to be removed. We had to take out her broken tooth and we stitched her torn tongue. We knew Suki would have difficulty eating so we put a tube into her throat so she could be fed directly.

“She was fed every few hours using the tube in her throat and given painkillers and antibiotics.”

After staying 11 days at PDSA, the decision was made to let Suki go home for a few hours to see if being in familiar surroundings would encourage her to eat. This soon paid dividends, as she began eating for herself within hours.

“Everyone was so relieved when she started eating,” said Ms Phillips. “After that point, no one could’ve predicted how quick her recovery would be. I had bought a large dog cage to give her some peace from the kids and our other kitten, but we hardly needed it. She made the most amazing recovery.”

Sadly, Suki’s eyesight has not returned, though this has not stopped her regaining her zest for life: “Within days she was up and about and, after a couple of weeks, she had stopped bumping into things,” added Ms Phillips. “You honestly wouldn’t know she is totally blind as she copes so well with life.”

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