CLANTON, Ala. (WBRC) - GREAT UPDATE: Valentino the goat got his prosthetic leg.
It was a long road for Valentino.
Valentino is a goat at the Serenity Animal Farm in Clanton. He recently suffered a broken leg that got infected, and his veterinarian, Dr. Dee Jones, had to amputate the front left leg.
In May Valentino received his “temporary” prosthetic leg which was designed and made by Dr. Adam Williams, the owner of Next Step Prosthetics. Valentino learned to walk on the “temporary” leg. However, it was a hinge design to fold and allow the goat to get up and down. Getting it to fold back down did not work like it was designed, so it was redesigned to remove the hinge.
Another “temporary” leg was tried in June. This leg was working excellent in the goats environment, then the suture line ruptured. Dr. Dee Jones, a veterinarian, had to re-due the suture line. Then it took three weeks to heal properly.
Finally, during the first week of July it was time to apply the “permanent” leg. Dr. Williams came to the farm and fitted it. Because Valentino was not using his leg while the suture line healed, the leg shrank. That meant the new “permanent” leg wouldn’t fit.
Dr. Williams refitted the cup attachment and added a shoulder strap to help keep the leg aligned. On July 21, 2020 the “permanent” leg was finally attached.
The staff at Serenity Animal Farm will have to rehab Valentino daily to get him accustomed to this new “prosthetic” leg.
The decision was made to fit Valentino with a prosthetic leg to help him get around and be as close to normal as a goat can be. Next Step Prosthetics & Orthotics in Alabaster is currently making a prosthesis to help Valentino.
“I have never made a prosthesis for a goat before,” said Adam Williams, a prosthetist. “The prosthesis is made of lightweight components of carbon fiber, titanium and stainless steel that will allow Valentino to get around no matter the weather and the elements surrounding him.”