By: BRAIDEN RUDLOFF
(Video Credit: Fox8.com)
(Gainesville, Ga.) The robotics club at Conifer High School in Colorado put their skills to use by building a wheelchair for a paralyzed cat from a nearby veterinary hospital.
The paralyzed cat, named Flipper, hurt her spinal cord a few months ago and has been unable to support her hind legs ever since. The only way she has been able to move and get around is by dragging her back legs behind her, since she can’t walk on them.
The Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital had tried various forms of treatment for Flipper, but they were looking for new ideas and possible ways to help her.
Conifer High School’s robotics club decided to try to help Flipper. The club members began designing a cart for the cat’s back legs. “We ended up with a two-wheeled design with a harness, like a two-wheeled chariot,” said Christian Debrunner, a sponsor of the robotics club.
According to veterinarian H.C. Gurney, Flipper has been improving since she received her new, wheeled cart.
Gurney says, “[Flipper and her cart are] a wonderful model for demonstrating that no condition is hopeless.”