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Mar 26, 2012 8:08 PM by Kathy Kuretich

Veterinarian comes to the financial rescue of a dog with life threatening injuries

For the Frice family and their dogs Lucy and Mia, it all happened within minutes.
Through an open gate, the dogs got out of the yard and were both hit by a truck on busy Los Osos Valley road, Tuesday night.

Mark Frice, the dog's owner, and his children Carly and Ethan rushed them to Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic.
His wife Natalie met them there.
"They were in really bad shape, and her eyes didn't even look right. they were just clouds," said Natalie.
"Both of them were comatose. They had severe head damage, and one had signs of respiratory failure going on," said Dr. Jeff Alwen.

The x-rays showed Lucy had a broken pelvis, but Mia was more severely injured with both a fractured and dislocated hip. She would need an expensive surgery to survive.
"The most horrible part is, you're sitting there and you want to do everything, but you're thinking how much is this going to cost? We could do hundreds but not thousands. We thought, is there anyway we could make it work? It was awful," said Natalie.

The Frice family could pay for Lucy's care, but Mia's surgery was out of reach,
and they made the heart wrenching decision to put her down.
But, Dr. Alwen wasn't going to let that happen.

"He called Mark the next day, and said he'd do it for free! It never entered our minds. We couldn't be more overwhelmed!" said Natalie.
"For us, we like to fix them, and if we have a healthy, nice dog that we think we can fix, it's an easy nice decision for us to try," said Dr. Alwen.

But the story goes from good to amazing here, when this happened during our interview.
"Mia just stood up and tried to walk out of her cage. She's not being left behind!" said a nurse at Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic.
Just one day after surgery for a broken hip, she let everyone know where she wanted to be.
"She stood up and walked in her cage and pushed the door open. She was leaving!" they said.
Mia wanted to stay with her best friend, Lucy, and the rest of her family.... thanks to Dr. Alwen and his staff who monitored Lucy around the clock.
"This is beyond words. God is so good," said Natalie.

"Everybody's had some hard times lately, and everybody deserves a break once and a while. It's worth it. These are nice dogs, nice people," said Dr. Alwen.
The driver who accidentally hit Lucy and Mia, dropped off $1000 dollars to the Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic.

As for their prognosis, Lucy should be back to normal in a month.
But Mia will have a longer road ahead.
She lost part of her hip, and Dr. Alwen is not sure if she'll walk again.
But judging from what happened just one day after surgery... she seems determined to make it happen.

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