Pet goldfish undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor

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AUSTRALIA (SEVEN NETWORK) — A tiny, orange patient has taken micro-surgery to a new extreme.

An Australian couple spent hundreds of dollars to save their pet goldfish George, a 10-year-old fish who was suffering from a brain tumor.

Over the past year, George had developed a large growth on his head.

“Fish was having trouble eating, getting around, getting bullied by the other fish,” said Dr. Tristan Rich, with Lort Smith Animal Hospital.

The tiny pet underwent an hour-long procedure to remove the growth. Rich called the operation “quite intricate.”

This 10-year-old goldfish named George underwent surgery in Australia to remove a brain tumor. (Photo: CNN)

This 10-year-old goldfish named George underwent surgery in Australia to remove a brain tumor. (Photo: CNN)

Water from George’s pond, where he lives with 20 other fish, was brought to the operating room in buckets and fed into a tube through his mouth to keep his gills wet.

“Controlling the blood loss is really important in such a small patient,” Rich said. “And then closing up did prove quite difficult because there wasn’t much skin to deal with.”

George’s owner was impressed by the successful undertaking

“Just the way he was able to put the fish to sleep, I think,” Pip Joyce said. “And then stitching it up a little bit, minute little fishy stitches.”

Now, George is recovering at home and could live another 20 years.

And don’t think he can’t remember his ordeal. The theory that goldfish have a three-second memory is wrong. It’s actually closer to three months.