Oklahoma City vet gives fawn a new chance at seeing

BY JAMES S. TYREE Published: December 22, 2009
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photo - Rondi Large, right, carries a fawn into the surgery room. Large is founder of WildCare near Noble.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Rondi Large, right, carries a fawn into the surgery room. Large is founder of WildCare near Noble. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

/> "When she came in, her eyes were already a little cloudy,” Large said. "We started her on antibiotics right away, but they never cleared up; they just got worse.”

Norman veterinarian Joe Carter put Large in touch with Gwin, who is one of the state’s few veterinary ophthalmologists. Gwin agreed to remove the cataracts, knowing the procedure could bring unique challenges.

Gwin started with more concern about the anesthesia than the actual surgery, but the opposite turned out to be true.

The left eye proved to be more difficult. The pupil barely dilated for surgery, which made getting back to the lens a tougher task.

Gwin was thrilled to see 10-4 handle the anesthesia, and the job his staff did to make it happen.

Gwin said Large will bring the fawn in either Wednesday or next Monday, depending on how she’s doing. The deer will be on medication for several weeks.

"We’re fortunate because at 2½ months, she is still manageable,” Large said. "She is still on milk, so we can get to her and get our hands on her for treatment.”