Vets stitch fish scales to pony's face left disfigured by acid attack

Surgeons have stitched fish scales to the face of a pony horrifically scarred in a suspected acid attack in a 'world first' operation.

Cameras caught the moment eight-month old Cinders underwent the three hour skin graft procedure.  

A dressing made from the skin of a Tilapia fish was used to treat the burns and regenerate fresh skin as it was applied during the pioneering operation.

The foal had been dumped in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, before being taken to the Rainbow Equine Hospital in North Yorkshire.

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Cameras caught the moment eight-month old Cinders underwent the three hour skin graft procedure

Cameras caught the moment eight-month old Cinders underwent the three hour skin graft procedure

A dressing made from the skin of a Tilapia fish was used to treat the burns and regenerate fresh skin

A dressing made from the skin of a Tilapia fish was used to treat the burns and regenerate fresh skin

A US vet had to travel from California to Britain to perform the surgery after the RSPCA had discovered the foal on April 25.

Jamie Peyton, who flew over from the University of California in Davis, had developed the process of using fish-skin grafts to treat animals burnt in wildfires.

A team of vets worked on Cinders wounds and cleaned them before applying the fish skin dressing to her face.

Vet David Rendle worked with Ms Peyton, and Ryckie Wade, a plastic surgeon at the burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

 A team of vets worked on Cinders wounds and cleaned them before applying the fish skin dressing to her face

 A team of vets worked on Cinders wounds and cleaned them before applying the fish skin dressing to her face

the foal was left unable to open an eye after the attack

A foal was left unable to open an eye after being attacked with acid and dumped in a yard

The foal was left unable to open an eye after being attacked with acid and dumped in a yard

Mr Rendle from the equine hospital said fish skin was used because it is a good source of collagen and retains moisture well.

He said: 'Animals that have been treated with fish skin dressings before seem to be far more comfortable after these dressings

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