Transcript: ER Vets - Series 1- Episode 11 | Jan 12, 2021

(music plays)

The narrator says COMING UP ON ER VETS...

A woman says I'M A FOSTER PARENT FOR ONE
OF THE BLOOD DONOR CATS.
IT'S BRUCE'S TURN
TO DONATE BLOOD.

A female vet checks up a dog and says WE SAW THAT THERE WAS
A TUMOUR BLEEDING INTO THE SACK
AROUND THE HEART.

Another female vet says WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT RIGHT AWAY.
AN EMERGENCY CAME IN,
LOVELY DOG, BIG PROBLEM.

At the operating theatre, she says HOLY SMOKES, IT'S BIG!

(music plays)

The opening of the show rolls. Words appear on the screen that read "Critical care, oncology surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, neurology, anesthesia, allergy, dermatology, neurosurgery."

The name of the show reads "ER Vets. 24-7 animal trauma centre."

(music plays)

The narrator says TORONTO, HOME TO THE V.E.C.,
AN EMERGENCY VETERINARY
TRAUMA CENTRE.
THAN 20,000 PATIENTS A YEAR,
VETERINARY FACILITIES
IN THE COUNTRY.
THESE ARE THREE OF ITS CASES.

A picture of a black cat appears with the caption that reads "Case 1: Bruce Lee. Blood donation."

A caption reads "Doctor Bryer. Head Emergency vet."

The caption changes to "Doctor Bryer. Head emergency vet."

Doctor Bryer is in her early forties, with straight blond hair in a bob cut and wears glasses and blue scrubs.

She says MY NAME IS BARB BRYER,
I'M THE HEAD OF THE E.R.
DEPARTMENT HERE AT THE V.E.C.
AND ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT I ALSO RUN
IS THE FELINE BLOOD DONOR
PROGRAM.
WE CAN GET CANINE BLOOD FAIRLY
EASILY COMMERCIALLY,
BUT FELINE BLOOD'S A LITTLE BIT
MORE DIFFICULT.
SO, WE'VE STARTED OUR OWN
BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM.

The caption changes to "Charlene. Bruce Lee's owner."

Charlene is in her fifties, with short straight red hair and wears black trousers and a chocolate Brown V-neck sweater.

She says MY NAME IS CHARLENE KELTS
AND I'M A FOSTER PARENT
FOR ONE OF THE BLOOD DONOR CATS
IN THE V.E.C.'S PROGRAM.
I'M HERE TODAY BECAUSE IT'S
BRUCE'S TURN TO DONATE BLOOD.

Doctor Bryer says WE TRY AND HAVE OUR CATS LIVE
IN FOSTER HOMES
WHERE THEY CAN LIVE WITH
A FAMILY, YOU KNOW,
LIVE A NORMAL LIFESTYLE.

Charlene says EVERY, ABOUT,
SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS,
EACH CAT, IT'S HIS OR HER TIME
TO COME IN AND DONATE BLOOD
TO THIS PROGRAM.

The caption changes to "Allison. Technician."

Alison is in her thirties, with short wavy light brown hair and wears glasses and gray and pink scrubs.

She says ONE OF THE REASONS I BECAME
PART OF THE PROGRAM
WAS THAT WERE ABLE TO SAVE
ANIMALS FROM THE SHELTER.
THESE CATS NEED HOMES
AND WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT
WITH OUR BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM.

Charlene says THE REASON I BECAME
INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM
IS MY CAT OF 14 YEARS
DEVELOPED KIDNEY FAILURE.
TENNESSEE WAS IN
A CRITICAL CONDITION.
AND MY PARTNER AND I BROUGHT
HIM IN HERE TO THE V.E.C.

Allison says HER CAT WAS QUITE ILL.
IT DID RECEIVE
A BLOOD TRANSFUSION.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY,
DUE TO ITS ILLNESS,
HAD TO BE HUMANLY EUTHANIZED.

Charlene says LOSING TENNESSEE WAS ONE
OF THE MOST DEVASTATING THINGS
THAT I EXPERIENCED.
I HAD HIM FOR 13.5 YEARS.

Allison says CHARLENE THEN APPROACHED ME
SEVERAL WEEKS LATER,
WAS INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT
HOW HER CAT WAS HELPED.
WE TALKED FOR A GREAT DEAL OF
TIME ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

Charlene says AND THEN SHE ALSO LOOKED AT ME
AND SHE SAID,
"AND I THINK YOU WOULD WANNA
KNOW THAT THE CAT
THAT DONATED BLOOD TO TENNESSEE,
HIS NAME IS BRUCE LEE."
AND I SAID, "THAT'S THE ONE
THAT I WANNA FOSTER."

Allison says AND SHE DECIDED THAT SHE WANTED
TO BE PART OF THE PROGRAM
THAT HELPED HER CAT.
SHE DEVELOPED A BOND WITH BRUCE
AND DECIDED THAT SHE WAS GONNA
BE BRUCE'S NEW FOSTER MOM.

Allison walks in the waiting room and says HI, CHARLENE.

Charlene says OH, HI, ALLISON.

Allison says HI, BRUCE. HI.
HI, THANKS FOR COMIN' IN.
WELL I'M GONNA TAKE HIM
TO THE BACK
AND THEN I'LL GIVE YOU A CALL
LATER WHEN HE'S AWAKE.

Charlene says I WAS MEANT TO HAVE HIM,
I'M CONVINCED OF THAT,
BECAUSE THIS IS TENNESSEE'S
LEGACY TO ME.
BECAUSE OF THE CONNECTION
THAT THIS CAT HAS
WITH MY CAT OF 14 YEARS.

Allison says THERE YOU GO.
ALL RIGHT, SAY BYE, MOM.

Charlene says BYE BRUCE LEE.
COME ON, YOU'RE
A KUNG FOO FIGHTER.
COME ON, BRUCE.
AND I DO REFER TO BRUCE
SOMETIMES AS TENNESSEE'S LEGACY.

The narrator says AS ALLISON TAKES BRUCE BACK
FOR HIS DONATION,
DR. BOYD IS ABOUT TO
SEE AN EMERGENCY CASE
WITH A VERY LARGE PROBLEM.

The caption changes to "Doctor Boyd. Surgeon."

Doctor Boyd is in her thirties, with straight black hair in a bob cut with bangs. She wears glasses, red scrubs and a white coat.

Doctor Boyd says WE HAVE A CRAZY CASE TODAY.
AN EMERGENCY CAME IN,
A DOG NAMED CHARLIE.
HE'S AN OLDER GOLDEN RETRIEVER.
LOVELY DOG, BIG PROBLEM.
HE CAME INTO HIS VET BECAUSE
HE WASN'T FEELING WELL,
JUST WASN'T EATING.
THEY NOTICED OR FELT A BIG MASS
IN HIS ABDOMEN.
SO, THEY SENT HIM HERE
AS AN EMERGENCY.

A picture of the dog appears with the caption "Case 2: Charlie. Abdominal mass."

The caption changes to "Lauren and Patty. Charlie's owners."

Lauren is in her thirties, with long brown hair in a low ponytail and wears jeans, a gray turtleneck sweater, and a brown zip-up vest with diagonal stripes on the front.

Patty is in her thirties, with short brown hair and wears glasses, jeans, a white long sleeved shirt under an army green T-shirt and a brown patterned cap hat.

Lauren says MY NAME'S LAUREN.

Patty says AND I'M PATTY.
I'M CHARLIE'S MOMMY.
CHARLIE'S ALMOST 12,
AND I'VE HAD HIM SINCE HE WAS
ABOUT SIX WEEKS OLD.
WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE KIDS
AND YOU HAVE A DOG,
WELL, THAT IS YOUR KID.
WHEN WE WENT TO THE FIRST VET,
I THOUGHT AGAIN IT WAS JUST
HE HAD A STOMACH ACHE.
AND THEY SHOW YOU THE X-RAY
AND THEY SAY,
"HEY THERE'S THIS BIG HUGE--."

Lauren says MASS.

Patty says ."MASS OF SOME SORT IN HIS
STOMACH."
YOU JUST WANNA KICK YOURSELF.
BECAUSE IT'S LIKE, WELL,
I SHOULD'VE KNOWN IT WAS THERE
ALL ALONG.

Doctor Boyd says AND OFTEN THAT'S HOW
THEY PRESENT.
THE OWNERS ARE WALKING THE DOG,
THEY HAVE NO IDEA THESE THINGS
ARE IN THEIR ABDOMEN
AND THEY JUST COLLAPSE.

Patty says YOU REALLY WISH YOU
HAD THAT X-RAY VISION
TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON
WITH YOUR PET.

Doctor Boyd says SO, THESE ARE BIG BLOOD
BLISTER TUMOURS
THAT CAN RUPTURE AT ANY MOMENT
AND BE COMPLETELY FATAL.
IT'S SORT OF LIKE A TICKING
TIME BOMB.
WE GOTTA GET INTO SURGERY,
GET THIS THING OUT,
AND MAKE SURE CHARLIE'S SAFE.

Patty says I'M GONNA GET EMOTIONAL.
I LOVE MY BABY.

Lauren says WELL, HE'S MY MAN.

Patty wipes off her tears and says HE'S A GOOD BOY.

Lauren says THE ONLY MALE IN THE HOUSE.

Patty says YEAH.

Doctor Boyd says BEST CASE SCENARIO, THE TUMOUR
COMES OUT NO PROBLEM.
WORST CASE SCENARIO, HE DOESN'T
MAKE IT OUT OF HERE ALIVE.
SO, FINGERS CROSSED THAT'S
NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

The narrator says AS DOCTOR BOYD RRUSHES INTO THE O.R.
TO ATTEND TO CHARLIE,
ALLISON PREPARES BRUCE LEE
FOR HIS LIFE SAVING DONATION.

Allison says JUST GONNA GIVE YOU SOME DRUGS.
I KNOW JUST A LITTLE TINY PINCH.
GOOD BOY.
ALL DONE, BRUCE.
ALL RIGHT, BUDDY.
I GET VERY ATTACHED TO THEM.
I DO TELL EVERYONE THAT I HAVE
24 CATS PERSONALLY.
AND THEY WILL FOREVER
BE PART OF MY LIFE.

She puts Bruce in the kennel and says SO, HE'S JUST GONNA HANG OUT
THERE FOR A FEW MINUTES
WHILE HIS DRUGS TAKE EFFECT.

The narrator says WHILE BRUCE WAITS FOR THE
SEDATIVES TO TAKE EFFECT
OVER IN O.R. THREE,
DR. BOYD BEGINS CHARLIE'S
EMERGENCY SURGERY.

Doctor Boyd says OKAY, LET'S SEE WHAT
SURPRISE IS IN HERE.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
WHEN HE'S UNDER ANESTHESIA, TOO,
THAT BIG TUMOUR'S
PUTTING PRESSURE
ON ALL HIS MAJOR VESSELS.
SO, HE CAN'T BE ON HIS BACK
TOO LONG.
WE GOTTA GET THAT THING
OUT QUICKLY.
SO WE GOTTA BE VERY CAREFUL
ENTERING THE ABDOMEN HERE
THAT WE DON'T HIT
THE MASS, RIGHT?
THERE'S THE TUMOUR.
HOLY SMOKES!
SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE
TO BE VERY CAREFUL
AS WE MANOEUVRE
THIS TUMOUR AROUND...

A male doctor says OKAY.

Doctor Boyd says THAT WE DON'T RUPTURE IT
WITH OUR HANDS.
IF WE PUT A FINGER THROUGH IT OR
PULLED IT OUT TOO AGGRESSIVELY,
IT COULD START BLEEDING
AND RUPTURE.
AND THAT BECOMES A BAD,
BAD SITUATION FOR CHARLIE.

(music plays)

The narrator says BEFORE THE BREAK ON ER VETS...
BRUCE LEE WAS PREPPED FOR HIS
LIFE SAVING BLOOD DONATION,
AND CHARLIE WAS RUSHED
INTO EMERGENCY SURGERY
TO REMOVE A TUMOUR.

Doctor Bryer says SO BRUCE IS HERE?

Allison says BRUCE IS HERE, YUP.

Doctor Bryer says AWESOME. HOW'S HE DOIN'?

Allison says EVERYTHING'S GOOD.
HE HAD A GOOD FEW WEEKS
WITH CHARLENE.

Doctor Bryer says HE'S SEDATED ALREADY, EH?

Allison says HE IS. HE'S FEELIN' GOOD
ON HIS DRUGS.

Doctor Bryer says HI, SQUIRREL.

Allison says HI, SQUIRREL, HOW ARE YOU?

Doctor Bryer says THEY DON'T HOLD STILL FOR
ALLISON TO DRAW BLOOD
THAT IS NOT GONNA WORK.
SO, THEY DO HAVE TO BE
ANESTHETISED.
AWESOME.

Allison says HE'S GONNA GIVE SOME GOOD BLOOD
AND SAVE SOME LIVES.

Doctor Bryer says GOOD TO GO.

Allison shaves the cat and says HEY BRUCE.

Doctor Bryer says YOU CAN'T RUN A FACILITY
LIKE THIS
WITH THE PROCEDURES AND
ILLNESSES THAT WE SEE
WITHOUT HAVING BLOOD AVAILABLE.
WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR PROGRAM
WE'VE HAD A VERY GOOD SUCCESS
OF IT.
THIS IS NUMBER SIX FOR HIM?

Allison says THIS IS NUMBER SIX, YUP.
IT'S ABOUT HALF WAY.
FOUR MILLION ANIMALS PER YEAR
ARE EUTHANIZED
DUE TO A LACK OF HOMES.
SO, WE GIVE THEM
A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE.
THEY HAVE A JOB TO DO
FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

Charlene says HE'S RESPONSIBLE
FOR PARTICIPATING
IN THE BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM
FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS.
AS LONG AS HE'S HEALTHY.

Allison says WE'RE GONNA TAKE BLOOD TODAY
FROM HIS RIGHT JUGULAR.

Doctor Bryer says HE WAS LEFT LAST TIME?

Allison says HE WAS THE LEFT LAST TIME.
I'M GIVING BLOOD NEXT WEEK.

Doctor Bryer says ARE YOU?

Allison says YEAH.

Doctor Bryer says GOOD FOR YOU.
ALL RIGHT, LADIES, I'LL LET YOU
RECOVER HIM ON YOUR OWN.

Allison says PERFECT.

Doctor Bryer says SEE YOU.

Allison says SEE YOU.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, BARB.

Doctor Bryer says YOU'RE WELCOME.

Allison says SO, EVERYTHING WENT GREAT
WITH BRUCE TODAY.
HIS DONATION WENT WELL.
HEY, BUDDY, YOU SAVED
A LIFE TODAY.
YES, YOU DID.
YOU SLEEP IT OFF.
GOOD BOY, BRUCE.
GOOD JOB.

The narrator says AS BRUCE RECOVERS FROM
HIS ANESTHESIA,
HIS DONATION IS STORED
FOR FUTURE USE.
BACK IN O.R.
THREE,
DR. BOYD IS ABOUT TO GRASP
JUST HOW LARGE THE
MASS REALLY IS
IN CHARLIE'S ABDOMEN.

Doctor Boyd says ALL RIGHT, SO LET'S
GET READY TO SEE
THIS ACTUAL SIZE OF THIS THING.
WE MAY HAVE TO SPLIT HIM
DOWN THE SIDE
IF WE CAN'T GET IT OUT THOUGH.
SO, LET'S JUST SEE.

Doctor Daniel says JUST REMARKABLE,
HUH?
THE SIZE OF THAT AND THE
SHAPE AND...

Doctor Boyd says SO, THIS IS THE TUMOUR.
IT IS HUGE.
WHAT SURPRISED ME THE MOST IS
HOW BIG THIS TUMOUR WAS.
IT WAS MASSIVE,
IT WAS LIKE A BASKETBALL.
THE OTHER SURPRISING THING IS
THAT IT HADN'T RUPTURED YET.
TO GET THAT SIZE AND NOT TO
BURST WITH THE SPLEEN,
WHICH IS AN ORGAN THAT IS SO
BLOOD FILLED, IT'S REMARKABLE.
HE'S A VERY, VERY LUCKY DOG.
IT'S AMAZING 'CAUSE WE SEE
THEM MUCH SMALLER
THAT HAVE RUPTURED ALREADY.
SO, WHAT I'M GONNA BE DOING NOW
IS JUST REMOVING THE ADHESIONS.
SO, OUR GOAL IS TO TAKE
OUT THE SPLEEN.
WE HAVE TO TIE OFF A LOT OF
VESSELS TO GET THAT OUT.

Doctor Daniel says FEEL THE PULSE OF
THE TUMOUR.

Out in the waiting room, Patty says WHEN WE WERE FIRST TOLD THERE
WAS THIS MASS,
I THINK I WAS CRYING HARDER
FOR MY DOG
THAN I'VE EVER CRIED
FOR ANYONE IN MY LIFE.

Lauren says THAT IS TRUE.

Patty says YOU START TO REALISE HE'S NOT
AS YOUNG AS HE USED TO BE.
HE'S STARTING TO SLOW DOWN
NATURALLY.
AND THIS WAS A CLOSE CALL
RIGHT NOW.
WE STILL DON'T KNOW
IF WE'RE OUT OF THE WOODS.

The narrator says WHILE DR. BOYD CONTINUES TO
TIE OFF THE BLOOD VESSELS
FEEDING CHARLIE'S MASSIVE
TUMOUR,
HAS A HEARTBREAKING EMERGENCY
ON HER HANDS.

The caption changes to "Doctor Williams. Cardiologist."

Doctor Williams is in her early thirties, with long straight brown hair in a low ponytail and wears gray trousers, a burgundy sweater and a white coat.

She says SO, THE EMERGENCY
DOCTOR JUST CAME TO ME
AND TOLD ME THAT A
PATIENT OF MINE, STAR,
WHO I SAW TWO WEEKS AGO,
HAS COME IN AGAIN.
STAR CAME IN BECAUSE SHE HAD A
BIG HEART ON X-RAYS.
AND WHEN WE LOOKED AT THAT
WE SAW THAT THERE WAS A TUMOUR
ON THE HEART.
AND BASICALLY, IT WAS BLEEDING
INTO THE SACK,
OR THE PERICARDIUM,
AROUND THE HEART.
WHAT THAT DOES IS IT WILL
CRUSH THE HEART
IF IT'S BLEEDING TOO MUCH.
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY,
REALLY SERIOUS.

A picture of a black dog appears with the caption "Case 3: Star. Heart Tumour."

Doctor Williams says IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT, USUALLY WITHIN HOURS,
SOMETIMES JUST MINUTES,
THEY CAN DIE.
AND SO WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT IT RIGHT AWAY.

The caption changes to "Marco and Maria. Star's owners."

Marco is in his thirties, with short brown hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears jeans, a white and blue sweater, a black striped jacket and a plaid cap hat.

Maria is in her thirties, with long wavy brown hair and wears gray jeans, a deep purple top, and a black cardigan sweater.

Marco says MY NAME'S MARCO,
THIS IS MY SISTER MARIA.
WE BROUGHT STAR IN TODAY.

Maria says WHEN WE CAME HERE TO FIRST TIME
WE FOUND OUT SHE HAD A TUMOUR
IN HER HEART.
AND THAT'S WHAT WAS CAUSING
HER HEART TO FAIL BASICALLY.
SHE'S A REALLY GOOD DOG
WE'VE HAD HER FOR JUST
OVER 12 YEARS,
SO SHE'S A PART OF THE FAMILY.

Marco says I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL
WHEN I HAD HER,
WHEN SHE CAME HOME.

Maria says I WAS A LITTLE BIT OLDER.

Marco says YUP.

Maria says YEAH, AND WE ACTUALLY DON'T LIVE
AT HOME ANYMORE.
SO, WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO GO
BACK.
I'VE BEEN THERE
ALMOST EVERY DAY...

Marco says ME TOO.

Maria says TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME
WITH HER AS I CAN.

Doctor Williams points at an ultrasound image on the screen and says BASICALLY, FLUID IS BLACK
ON ULTRASOUND.
THE HEART'S HERE.
WE CAN SEE IT'S SURROUNDED BY
FLUIDS ON ALL SIDES.
WE CAN KIND OF SEE THE HEART'S
KIND OF WAVING IN THERE,
THAT MEANS IT'S ALREADY BEING
CRUSHED BY THE PRESSURE
THAT'S IN THERE,
SO THAT'S A BAD SIGN.
THAT MEANS SHE'S REALLY
IN BIG TROUBLE.
HER HEART RATE'S 180 BEATS
PER MINUTE,
WHICH MEANS, AGAIN,
IT'S NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY
ENOUGH TO TAKE ANY REST.
IF WE DON'T GET IN THERE AND
DO SOMETHING SOON,
IT'S GONNA BE NOT GOOD.

Maria says I DON'T KNOW THE TECHNICAL TERM,
BUT BASICALLY,
THEY TAPPED THE SACK
AROUND HER HEART
AND REMOVED THE FLUID
THAT WAS IN THERE.
AND THEN WE WERE ABLE
TO TAKE HER HOME
AND SHE WAS OKAY
FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

Doctor Williams says I HAVE TO DO WHAT'S
CALLED A PERICARDIOCENTESIS,
WHICH IS A BIG FANCY
DOCTOR WORD
FOR STICK A NEEDLE
INTO THAT SACK AROUND THE HEART.
IT'S PRETTY SCARY.
BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS
I HAVE PROBABLY A COUPLE
CENTIMETRES OF SPACE
IN BETWEEN THE SACK
AND THE ACTUAL HEART ITSELF,
AND I'M STICKING A PRETTY
BIG NEEDLE IN THERE.
AND SO, I HAVE TO GET IT
EXACTLY RIGHT.
IF I DON'T, I CAN ACTUALLY
HIT THE HEART.
I CAN CAUSE ARRHYTHMIAS.
I CAN CAUSE BLEEDING.
SHE COULD DIE FROM THAT, AND
SO I HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL
ABOUT HOW I DO THIS PROCEDURE.
BUT I HAVE TO ALSO HAVE
TO DO IT REALLY QUICKLY
BECAUSE WE NEED TO RELEASE
THAT PRESSURE.

Marco says BEST THING WOULD BE
THAT WE CAN WALK HER OUT OF THE
DOORS TODAY, TAKE HER HOME.

Maria says WORST CASE IS THAT WE'LL HAVE
TO PUT HER DOWN TODAY.
AND WE HAVE TWO OTHER BROTHERS
THAT CANT BE HERE RIGHT NOW.
SO, WE'RE HOPING THAT
THEY CAN SEE HER, YOU KNOW...

Marco says BEFORE SHE GOES.

Maria says ONE LAST TIME.

Marco and Maria cry.

The narrator says WHILE STAR'S FAMILY
TEARFULLY WAITS
FOR DR. WILLIAMS TO GIVE
THEM NEWS,
BACK IN THE LOBBY,
BRUCE LEE IS READY TO MAKE
THE JOURNEY BACK HOME.

Allison says SO, WE'RE ABOUT TO SAY GOODBYE
TO BRUCE
FOR ANOTHER EIGHT WEEKS.
HE'LL BE GOING BACK HOME.
CHARLENE, HIS FOSTER MOM'S
HERE TO PICK HIM UP.

Allison brings Bruce in a carrier and says YOU'VE GOT YOUR SLEEP BABY BACK.

Charlene says HI, BRUCE!

Allison says EVERYTHING WENT REALLY WELL.

Charlene says HI, BRUCE.

Allison says CHARLENE'S ALWAYS WONDERFUL
TO TALK TO.
SHE'S A BIG SUPPORTER
OF THE PROGRAM.
SHE TAKES REALLY GOOD CARE
OF BRUCE.
I KNOW HOW MUCH SHE LOVES HIM.

Charlene says AS A FACILITY,
AS AN ORGANISATION,
I THINK THIS PLACE
IS INCREDIBLE.

Allison says WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME, BUDDY.

Charlene says PART OF THE PROGRAM
IS THE FOSTER PARENT
HAS FIRST RIGHTS TO ADOPT.
AND I'M GONNA ADOPT HIM.
'CAUSE I ALREADY THINK OF HIM
AS MY CAT.
AND HE'S GOT THE CONNECTION
TO TENNESSEE AS WELL.
BYE-BYE.

Allison says BYE.

The narrator says AS BRUCE LEE MAKES HIS WAY BACK
TO HIS FOSTER HOME,
DR. BOYD IS TYING OFF THE LAST
OF THE TUMOUR'S VESSELS.

Doctor Boyd says HOW'S OUR BABY DOING THERE?

Doctor Daniel says OH, GEEZ.
YEAH, NOT MOVING.

Doctor Boyd says WHAT ARE WE GONNA CALL IT?
JUNIOR?

Doctor Daniel says SERIOUSLY?
MAYBE SENIOR.

Doctor Boyd says SENIOR.
ALL RIGHT, AND WE ARE DONE.
THE TUMOUR.

Doctor Daniel says WOW.

Doctor Boyd says YEAH.
SO THAT IS THE MASS.
THAT'S A NORMAL SPLEEN STICKING
OUT THE END.
AND THAT'S THE TUMOUR.
THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

Doctor Daniel says GLAD THAT'S OUT.

Doctor Boyd says IT'S HEAVY. I'M GONNA SAY
THATS ABOUT FIVE POUNDS.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT
THE REST OF THE BELLY
MAKE SURE THERE'S NO SPREAD.
IF THIS IS AN AGGRESSIVE TUMOUR,
WE HAVE TO SEE IF IT SPREAD
TO THE LIVER, TO THE KIDNEY,
TO ANY OTHER ORGAN
OR THE LYMPH NODES.
AND ASSESS EVERYTHING
ELSE AS WELL.

The narrator says WHILE DOCTOR BOYD EXAMS
THE REST OF CHARLIE'S ABDOMEN, BACK IN
CARDIOLOGY, DOCTOR WILLIAMS
ATTEMPTS TO RELIEVE
THE CRUSHING PRESSURE
FROM STAR'S HEART.

Doctor Williams says WE PUT THAT NEEDLE IN THERE.
IT'S A PRETTY BIG NEEDLE.
WENT THROUGH THE SKIN,
THROUGH THE CHEST WALL,
THROUGH THE RIBS,
ALL THE WAY INTO THE HEART.
THE PRESSURE IN THERE'S SO HIGH
THAT AS SOON AS WE HIT THERE,
THE BLOOD COMES POURING OUT.
SO, THE HEART'S NOW
TAKING A BREAK.
WE SEE IT'S DOWN BELOW 140,
SO THAT'S PERFECT.
SO, WE'RE IN THE RIGHT SPOT.
HOW YOU DOIN', STAR?
DOIN' OKAY?
THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER,
RIGHT?

Marco says MY FAVOURITE MEMORY WITH STAR,
IT WAS THE FIRST
TIME WE BROUGHT HER TO THE PARK.
WE DID IT AS A FAMILY.
SHE LOVES THE PARK.
SHE RUNS AROUND,
THROW THE STICK, THROW THE BALL.
BUT WE NEVER KNEW
IF SHE KNEW HOW TO SWIM.
SO, WE THREW THE BALL
IN THE WATER AND SHE SWAM.

Maria says WE TEND TO GO HOME MORE
BECAUSE SHE'S THERE,
THEN TO JUST GO SEE EACH
OTHER I THINK.

Marco says WHEN WE WALK IN THE DOOR,
SHE'S RIGHT THERE.
PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.

Doctor Williams says WE GOT EVERYTHING OUT
THAT WE COULD,
PULLED THE NEEDLE OUT
AND WE'RE DONE.
IT IS A SIMPLE PROCEDURE.
WE'RE JUST PUTTING A NEEDLE
INTO THE CHEST.
BUT IT'S SCARY BECAUSE SO MANY
THINGS CAN GO WRONG.
THEY ARE LITERALLY MINUTES AWAY
FROM DYING.
HEART RATE'S DOWN TO 115.
WE'LL PROBABLY LET HER SIT
IN I.C.U. FOR A FEW HOURS.
THE THINGS THAT I'M KIND
OF CONCERNED ABOUT MOST
KIND OF AFTER DOING ONE
OF THESE THINGS
IS THAT SOMETIMES
THEY'LL RE-BLEED PRETTY QUICKLY.
AND WE WANNA KNOW
IF THAT'S THE CASE.
SO, WE'LL CHECK HER
IN A COUPLE HOURS.

(music plays)

The narrator says BEFORE THE BREAK ON ER VETS...
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL DONATION,
BRUCE LEE RETURNED HOME.
DR. BOYD REMOVED A VERY LARGE
TUMOUR FROM CHARLIE'S SPLEEN.
AND DR. WILLIAMS PERFORMED
AN EMERGENCY PROCEDURE
TO SAVE STAR'S LIFE.

Doctor Boyd says WE'RE JUST LOOKING RIGHT NOW
FOR OTHER STUFF.
HIS LIVER LOOKS
A LITTLE ABNORMAL,
BUT I DON'T SEE ANY OBVIOUS
SECONDARY TUMOURS THOUGH.
IT JUST LOOKS LIKE AN OLD DOG.
FUNKY LOOKING LIVER.
ALL-IN-ALL, I THINK EVERYTHING
LOOKS PRETTY GOOD IN HERE
FOR A DOG THAT HAD A TUMOUR THE
SIZE OF A FOOTBALL IN HIS BELLY.
HE'S ONE LUCKY DOG.
SO, EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD.
NO SURGICAL BLOOD LOSS.
WELL DONE.

Doctor Daniel says NICE.

Doctor Boyd says SURGICAL HIGH FIVE.

Doctor Daniel says YEAH, THAT
WAS GREAT.

Doctor Boyd says I WASN'T ACTUALLY SURE
THAT WE WERE GONNA GET IT OUT
OF THE ABDOMEN
WITH MAKING ANOTHER INCISION,
BUT FORTUNATELY, WE WERE.
SO FAR, EVERYTHING LOOKS
LIKE THERE'S NO SPREAD
TO THE OTHER ORGANS,
AS FAR AS I CAN TELL.
I'M SUPER HAPPY ABOUT THAT.
CHARLIE'S A REALLY LUCKY DOG.
THAT HAD THE POTENTIAL
TO BE LIFE-THREATENING.
YOU GOOD TO CLOSE THE REST?

Doctor Daniel says YEAH, FOR SURE.

Doctor Boyd says AND THEN STAPLES?

Doctor Daniel says YEAH.

Doctor Boyd says THERE YOU GO.

Doctor Daniel says OKAY GREAT.

Doctor Boyd says AWESOME.

Doctor Daniel says OKAY AWESOME

Doctor Boyd says THANK YOU.

The narrator says LEAVING DR. DANIEL TO CLOSING
UP CHARLIE'S ABDOMEN,
DR. BOYD MAKES A CALL TO HIS
OWNERS TO GIVE THEM GOOD NEWS.

On the phone, Doctor Boyd says HI, LAUREN.
IT'S DR. BOYD CALLING FROM
THE VET EMERG. CLINIC.
JUST WANNA LET YOU KNOW
THAT WE'RE FINISHED
WITH CHARLIE'S SURGERY
AND EVERYTHING WENT REALLY WELL.
IT WAS A VERY LARGE TUMOUR
WE'RE ABLE TO TAKE IT OUT
WITHOUT ANY BLOOD LOSS.
I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.
YOU'RE WELCOME.
IT WAS A PLEASURE, AND
WE'LL BE IN TOUCH SOON.
OKAY. TAKE CARE.
BYE.

The narrator says WITH CHARLIE NOW
OUT OF IMMEDIATE DANGER,
MEANWHILE, DR. WILLIAMS
GOES TO TALK TO STAR'S OWNERS
ABOUT HIS CONDITION.

Doctor Williams says HOW YOU DOIN'?
YEAH. SO, WE DID HAVE TO TAP
HER AGAIN.
HER HEART RATE WENT
FROM 180 TO 120.
SO, I THINK SHE'S FEELING
A LOT BETTER,
SO THAT PART IS GOOD.
IT'S JUST THAT THIS, YOU KNOW,
THEN IS GONNA REOCCUR.

Maria says WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT
IT WILL LAST AS LONG
AS THE FIRST TIME?

Doctor Williams says THE HORRIBLE PART IS
IT'S JUST SO HARD TO PREDICT.
I CAN'T SAY THAT IT
COULDN'T BE TONIGHT.
I CAN'T SAY THAT IT COULDN'T
BE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW.
IT'S TOUGH BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT,
UNFORTUNATELY,
WE'RE NOT GONNA FIX
THIS DISEASE.
IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE CAN CURE.
BUT WE CAN AT LEAST BUY THEM
SOME TIME
WHERE THEY CAN SAY GOODBYE.
YOU GUYS HAVE TO JUST KINDA,
AS A FAMILY,
KINDA TALK ABOUT IT,
THE EVENTUALITY.
AND IN THE MEANTIME SPOIL HER.
YOU KNOW, SPOIL THE CRAP OUT
OF HER.

Maria says WE DON'T WANNA BE SELFISH.
I MEAN IF IT ONLY LASTS
A FEW DAYS,
WE WON'T WANNA PUT HER
THROUGH IT AGAIN.

Marco says SHE HAD A GOOD LIFE.

Maria says CAN WE SEE HER?

Doctor Williams says YEAH, GIVE ME A FEW MINUTES
I'LL GO GET HER, OKAY?

Maria says ALL RIGHT.

Doctor Williams says ULTIMATELY, WE'RE GONNA END
UP IN THE SAME PLACE.
WE'RE GONNA GO THROUGH THIS
AGAIN, AND SO, UNFORTUNATELY,
WITHIN A COUPLE WEEKS,
THEY'RE PROBABLY GONNA HAVE
TO MAKE THAT DECISION
TO LET HER GO.

Doctor Williams brings them Star and says YEAH.

Maria says SHE SAYS, "I WANNA GET SOME
HUGS AND KISSES."
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE
THAT SHE'S SO SICK,
WHEN SHE LOOKS SO GOOD AND...

Doctor Williams says THAT'S KIND OF THE HARD PART
AND THE GOOD PART ABOUT
THIS DISEASE, RIGHT?

Maria says SEEING HER GET BETTER AFTER
DOING THE TAP,
IT'S REALLY HARD TO THINK ABOUT
PUTTING HER DOWN.

Doctor Williams says I THINK SHE'LL BE READY TO GO
HOME AS EARLY AS THIS AFTERNOON.
I MEAN WE JUST WANNA MAKE SURE
WE'RE NOT SEEING
ANY REACCUMULATION
OF THAT FLUID.

Marco says SHE LOOKS GOOD.
HOPEFULLY SHE DOESN'T BLEED
AGAIN,
AND THEN WE CAN TAKE
HER HOME TODAY.

The narrator says STAR'S FAMILY COMES
TO TERMS WITH HER CONDITION,
SHE'S PLACED BACK IN I.C.U.
FOR OBSERVATION.
MEANWHILE, AS CHARLIE RECOVERS
FROM HIS SURGERY,
DR. BOYD GOES TO THE LOBBY
TO MEET HIS FAMILY.

Patty says I'M VERY RELIEVED THAT
EVERYTHING HAS GONE WELL.
I'M LOOKING SO MUCH FORWARD
TO BRINGING HIM HOME.
THE HOUSE HAS BEEN SO QUIET.

Lauren says STRANGE WITHOUT HIM IN IT.

Doctor Boyd says SO HERE HE IS!
CHARLIE!
HI CHARLIE!

Patty says HI SWEETIE.

Lauren says HI WHO'S THAT?

Patty says HOW YOU FEELING?
GEEZ, DOES IT EVER LOOK LIKE
HE LOST SOME WEIGHT, EH?
HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THE TUMOUR
WAS WEIGHING ABOUT?

Doctor Boyd says IN THE END IT WAS ABOUT
FIVE POUNDS.

Patty says OH, WOW.
BEING HERE AT THE VETERINARY AND
EMERGENCY CLINIC HAS BEEN GREAT.
MY DOG IS GETTING BETTER CARE... THEN SOMETIMES I THINK WE GET
AS PATIENTS IN A HOSPITAL.

Doctor Boyd says HAPPY TO SEE YOU GUYS.

Patty says HE'S DOIN' REALLY
WELL, ACTUALLY, EH?
THAT'S A GOOD BOY MUCH BETTER.

Doctor Boyd says WELL, WE'LL PROBABLY LET HIM
HAVE A LITTLE REST.
SO, IF YOU WANNA SAY GOOD-BYES.

Patty says WE'LL BE BACK. WE'LL COME SEE
YOU TOMORROW AND EVERYTHING.
WE'LL SEE YOU SOON.

Doctor Boyd says TAKES TWO WEEKS USUALLY FOR
SKIN INCISIONS
AND ABDOMINAL INCISIONS TO HEAL.
SO HE'LL HAVE THE STAPLES IN
FOR THAT TIME.
IF WE'RE LOOKING AT
JUST A BENIGN TUMOUR,
THEN THAT SHOULD BE
PROBLEM SOLVED.
SO HE GOES ON TO LIVE HIS HAPPY
OLD DOG LIFE,
AND HOPEFULLY,
LIVE TILL A LONG, LONG TIME.

Patty says THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR EVERYTHING.

The narrator says AS CHARLIE'S PARENTS LEAVE THE
V.E.C. WITH A SIGH OF RELIEF,
DR. WILLIAMS SOLEMNLY PREPARES
FOR STAR'S DEPARTURE.

Doctor Williams says THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT TODAY
IS THAT STAR DID GREAT
THROUGH THE PROCEDURE
AND SHE'S FEELING 100 PERCENT.
SHE WANTS TO GET OUT OF HERE,
AND WE'RE READY TO SEND
HER HOME.

Doctor Williams takes star to the hospital entrance and says WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
OH, WHO'S THAT?

Marco says HI, BABY.

Doctor Williams says YAY!

Marco says HI, BABY, HOW ARE YOU, HUH?
I LOVE YOU!

Doctor Williams says HOW HAPPY ARE YOU?
SO, SHE'S READY TO GO HOME.
SHE'LL PROBABLY BE A LITTLE BIT
TIRED OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO.
SO, BASICALLY, I JUST WANT
YOU TO SPOIL HER, LOVE HER.

Marco says IT'S NOT REALITY YET, LIKE,
I THINK IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

Doctor Williams says IT PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA
IF YOU GUYS JUST TALKED
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF...

Marco says ALL RIGHT.

Doctor Williams says THIS OR IF THAT.
IF YOU NEED TO BRING HER BACK
AND WE NEED TO RE-TAP HER AGAIN,
WE CAN DO THAT.

Marco says THAT IS A POSSIBILITY?

Doctor Williams says YEAH, FOR SURE IT IS.

Marco says ALL RIGHT.

Doctor Williams says INEVITABLY, THIS IS GONNA HAPPEN
AGAIN.
AND IT TUGS ON MY HEART STRINGS
BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S REALLY HARD
TO LET THEM GO.
ALL RIGHT, KIDDO,
YOU GET TO GO HOME.
HAVE A STEAK FOR ME.
HOPEFULLY THEY MAKE
THE MOST OF THE TIME
THAT THEY'RE GONNA
HAVE LEFT.
'CAUSE IT'S PROBABLY NOT GONNA
BE A LONG TIME.

Marco says ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Doctor Williams says ALL RIGHT.
YOU'RE WELCOME.

Marco says THANKS. BYE.

Doctor Williams says ALL RIGHT, BYE-BYE.

Marco says SHE CHANGED MY LIFE.
EVERY MOMENT I SPEND WITH HER
WAS GREAT. I LOVE HER.

Marco cries.

A caption reads "Star passed away 2 weeks later surrounded by her family."

WHO'S GONNA TELL YA,
IT'S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT
WHO'S GONNA BE THERE
IN THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT
WHOSE HAND ARE
YOU GONNA HOLD
AS THE STORY GETS ROUGH
YOU'RE GONNA TURN TO
THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.
WHERE YOU GONNA GO
WHEN YOU FEEL ALL ALONE
CRAZY IN TIRED
TIME IS OUR STONE

The end credits roll.

Narrated by Jann Arden.

Executive producers, James Wilkes and Bruce Elis.

Director, James Wilkes.

Logo: CMT, a Corus Entertainment Company.

Watch: ER Vets - Series 1- Episode 11