The First Squirrel Prosthetic Arm Operation In The World
The squirrel Karamel's prosthesis, which was seriously injured by being caught in wildlife in Batman, is being done by Orthopedic Prosthetics and Orthosis Program laboratory of Istanbul Aydın University Health Services Vocational School.
<p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start" aria-hidden="true"></span><p><strong><em>Squirrel Karamel's ambition to live is in the World news.</em></strong><em> (06.04.2018)</em></p><p>The squirrel named "Karamel", who was seriously injured by getting caught in the trap set for wild animals in Batman, was treated with the help of animal lover Tayfun Demir. After two hard operations, Karamel hold on to life but his arms were had to cut off due to the severe injuries. Instructors of Istanbul Aydın University Vocational School of Health Services, who learned the situation of Squirrel Karamel, made his first examinations for prosthetic arms application.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>THE FIRST</strong> <strong>TIME IN THE WORLD!</strong></p><p>Having a special interest for squirrels and living with one for many years, computer engineer Tayfun Demir has saved and taken care of Karamel at his home. He came together with a team of experts from Istanbul Aydın University SHMYO for the installation of prosthesis arms for the "first time in the world". A team consists of Orthopedic Prosthetics and Orthotics Technician Qualified Instructor Mustafa Gültekin, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Dr. Tolgay Şatana and Instructor Physiotherapist Eylem Küçük has taken the first measurements for the prosthesis.  </p><p>Expressing that squirrels are killed as are seen in Turkey, <strong>Tayfun Demir</strong> stated that "First of all, I would like to thank <strong>Istanbul Aydın University</strong> for the awareness it has shown. Karamel is unfortunately struggling to survive in a tiny box because of a trap someone set up instead of jumping from branch to branch like other squirrels. Unfortunately, squirrels are caught in forests or collected and sold; they lose their lives where they are stockpiled during these process despite it is illegal in our country for years. Even when they live through all these processes, house environments are not suitable for squirrels. Someone has to stop all of these."</p><p> </p><p><strong>Animal Lover Tayfun Demir</strong></p><p> </p><p>Squirrels can't handle operations or anesthesia but Karamel held on for 6 hours with the pins attached both of his arms. His doctors worked really hard. Unfortunately, one week later necrosis was occurred in his arms. The trap extortionately broke down his arms and caused nerve and tissue loss. This time, it was necessary to perform a second more risky operation and remove his arms to prevent the necrosis from spreading throughout the whole body. In a similar way, the second operation took a very long time. They did not have much hope, but he succeeded to live. </p><p>Later, we started taking him to a nursing home to heal the wounds by burning the tissues. It was incredibly hurting him, causing him to fill with tears. He had an open wound treatment for 15 days. Now, he is very well and able to eat and drink by himself. There are not many physicians who can treat squirrels in our country.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Istanbul Aydın University Vocational School of Health Services</strong></p><p><strong>Qualified Instructor Mustafa Gültekin (Orthopedic Prosthetics and Orthosis Technician)</strong></p><p> </p><p>We were applying this procedure to humans and animals, but for the first time we prepared prosthetics for a squirrel. Squirrels need to move to survive, we need to prepare a mechanism that will provide this movement. Karamel will be able to meet his own needs after we apply the prosthetics. We are planning to build one with wheels and shock absorbers. We have measured the size for the prosthetics and will observe to analyze whether it fits during the try-on that will be carried out next week. After the required re-regulations, the process will be completed. Revisions might be necessary, we will observe the process and do the needful. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Surgeon Tolgay </strong><strong></strong><strong>Ş</strong><strong>atana</strong><strong></strong></p><p>I support the operation on the subject of ergonomics. His arms became gangrenous and it was not possible to save them, but he had a successful operation. He will be able to move much easier after the application of the prosthesis. Prosthetics can be applied to animals too. In fact, it is a human being who has caused this situation and we have a responsibility in this regard. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Instructor Physiotherapist Eylem Küçük</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Physiotherapy is also important to maintain the function and compliance. We will carry out a rehabilitation program in order to make him reach his food and sustain his adaptation. A long process is waiting for us to make him move, walk, accept the prosthesis. After the treatment, he can move by himself. </p><p> </p><p><strong>"KARAMEL" WILL BEGIN TO LIVE WITH HIS PROSTHESIS IN APRIL</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The first temporary prosthesis will be applied to squirrel Karamel until this weekend. His reaction and adaption will be observed, then the main permanent prosthesis will be put into final form.  </p><p> </p><p> </p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end" aria-hidden="true"></span>