Thanks to Toni Miles and WXXV Gulfport for sharing Hotstuff's story and the importance of surgery checklists. See it here.
LSU Veterinary School and Teaching Hospital issued a statement saying, “We reviewed and strengthened our operating room procedures based on this case. We continue to strive to make sure that all policies and procedures are followed to ensure that the best health care is provided to our patients.”
The good news is the WDSU interview has been shared in many other markets for lots of other pet owners to see. The goal is to get something positive out of what happened to Hotstuff. The way I'm doing that is by sharing his story through this website and Loving Hotstuff Facebook page as well as doing interviews, and advocating surgery checklists and veterinary licensure. Unfortunately, what you don't know can actually hurt your pet. Hoping people will become aware of additional questions to ask a specialist.
I've seen many comments criticizing the decision to euthanize Hotstuff and I understand why people would have questions if they don't know the whole story. I hope people will view this website and read the details and view the videos. My opinion is no dog should be euthanized just because he is blind. Hotstuff began to have another serious issue and I believed it was in his best interest if I chose end of life as a result of what I viewed as his suffering. Some may visit this site and still disagree. Everyone has a right to their opinion and if anyone wishes to discuss further, I can be reached by clicking the Contact tab or leave a comment here. What I don't want out of this is for people to think that if a dog is blind that he should be euthanized.
Thanks so much to WDSU Channel 6 in New Orleans for covering Hotstuff's story. This interview includes the change that has happened so far.
Big thanks to WBRZ in Baton Rouge for covering Hotstuff's story. http://www.wbrz.com/news/pet-owner-speaks-out-after-lsu-vet-school-makes-a-surgical-mistake
Some GREAT news. I waited to post this until it was printed in the Louisiana Register. Beginning 10/1/2016, all veterinarians who work at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and who provide hands on care to animals owned by the public must be LICENSED. This is new and this is great. Thanks to all who had anything to do with making this happen. My biggest thanks goes to my dear Hotstuff, who sacrificed the most. Please read below the very nice email from Mike Tomino, attorney for Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. Hotstuff's sacrifice was not in vain. If you'd like to see for yourself, you can do so by clicking this link to the Louisiana Register and going to October 2015 and then go to pages 2151-2152.
Welcome to the Loving Hotstuff website and blog. This website is a tribute to Hotstuff and I hope it will be informative and cause us all to ask more questions when making choices about our pets' healthcare. As pet parents, we are their advocate and we must keep trying to bring awareness to all issues that could help to improve their lives.
My reason for this website, along with the Facebook page and other social media, is to honor Hotstuff and what he experienced by helping other pet parents become informed about what I was uninformed about at one time, namely surgery checklists and veterinarian licensure.
My mission is to make people aware of Hotstuff's struggle and eventual end of life because of his wrong side surgery; because by learning of his story, you will realize how very important it is for all veterinarians at Veterinary Teaching Hospitals to be licensed. I also want to share how very important it is for all Animal Hospitals to use a surgical checklist. As simple as it sounds, this could have changed everything for Hotstuff, and I hope it changes things for the better for all pets in the future.
RIP Hotstuff...you are the one who really drives this website.