Ambulance Mia The Little "Miracle" Puppy is Walking Again!
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Mia, the little miracle puppy, is walking again after her devoted owners went the extra mile.


Eastern Cape, South Africa (11 August 2021) – A 13-month-old Yorkshire Terrier puppy is walking again after severe surgery to correct a spinal defect.

This after Mia’s hind legs began to become paralyzed at eight months. Doctors told Cathy Neveling and her husband, pensioners of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), that the puppy would probably never walk again.

“We found her when she was already five months old – a small puppy of 560g,” says Cathy.

In March 2021, Mia’s hind legs began to give problems, and she often fell.

“The little dog could no longer walk and fell around. It was terribly disturbing.”

The couple took her to a veterinarian in Mount Pleasant, who then diagnosed her with a spinal defect.

“The vet told us her condition was permanent, but I firmly believe the Lord touched and healed her,” Cathy says. 

The vet advised them to take Mia for acupuncture, but she showed no improvement. They were then referred to dr. Anuska Viljoen, a veterinarian at Simply Vet in Sedgefield on the Garden Route. The vet said they would perform an operation during which a kind of bead, known as golden beads, would be implanted in Mia’s back.

It would apply permanent acupuncture to her spine, which would help her in her journey to be able to walk again.

“It is a three-hour drive from us, but the vet who is doing the operation in Gqeberha asked R60 000. Although we want the best for Mia, we have already spent a lot of money on her treatment. ”

Viljoen operated on Mia on April 22 for much cheaper and implanted 20 beads in her. Her owners were
initially afraid that she would not survive the operation, as anaesthesia on such a puppy is quite dangerous.

However, Mia survived, and six weeks later, she started moving her hind legs during water therapy sessions and during the physiotherapy sessions, she showed noticeable signs of progress and nine weeks after her surgery, she started walking on the carpets and grass herself.

“She is a little fighter. We believe that she is one of very few Yorkshire terriers that is so small, but with a great enthusiasm to be able to walk again,” Cathy concluded.

Sources: Supplied | Elaine Krige
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