The Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick ‘in f**king bits’ as he feared devastating loss

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The Supervet is back tonight with a brand new episode and Noel Fitzpatrick and his talented team will be on hand helping save the sickest animals. In a previous interview, the star of the Channel 4 show spoke out about the turmoil he endured when his beloved pet, Kiera endured a horrific accident and how he was left “in f**king bits”, not knowing whether she would survive. 

Last October, Noel published How Animals Saved My life: Being the Supervet, detailing what it’s actually like to be The Supervet. 

In it, he shared moving and often funny stories of the animals he has treated and the unique “animal people” he has met along the way. 

Despite 15 series of The Supervet and treating thousands of sick animals, nothing could’ve prepared Noel for operating on Kiera. 

Speaking about the powerful ending of the book, Noel explained: “I knew I was writing from a place of trauma, But what choice did I have? Those were the cards that fate had dealt.” 

One September 18, Noel left his office with Kiera, his 13-year-old border terrier. 

The pair were walking towards his car when a delivery van came hurtling around the corner, not seeing either of them. 

Noel tried to pull Kiera to safety, but it was too late and she was crushed under the wheel. 

Speaking about the traumatic incident, Noel explained how he was “two feet away from the front tyre” and heard the dog’s “body explode”. 

“I still can’t come to terms with it,” he added. 

Kiera was whisked into surgery within minutes and stabilised before an operation took place to try and save the dog’s shattered pelvis. 

His pet was in a critical condition and Noel was worrying about his about-to-be-printed, unfinished book. 

“I just put it out there to the universe and I said, ‘Keira, do I finish this book now?’” Noel reiterated to the Guardian in 2020. “And I was just in f**king bits.”

He toyed with the idea of telling what happened to Kiera in the book and eventually decided to put pen to paper. 

As for how Kiera is doing, Noel gave fans an update at the beginning of the year. 

He shared a picture of her on his social media channels, showing her alive but with scars and “greeting every day with a smile”. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has asked after Keira. It’s deeply appreciated,” Noel added. 

“She’s slower and more cautious now, as you would expect from what she’s been through in the past few months. 

“She bears some scars of her trauma but her tail still wags with excitement when I come back into the office after every surgery – and she finds the opportunity for love and cuddles everywhere.” 

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Noel continued: “Even when Daddy is busy doing paperwork at his desk, I can sit up on his knee and look out the window at the wonder of the day ahead.

“No matter what life has thrown at her, she gets up and greets each day with an smile of ‘bring it on!’

“Every moment is an opportunity for joy in her world and she’s living her best life.

“My little girl gulps down every drop of rain or of sunshine – whatever the weather – and whatever ups and downs life may bring.

“She’s a wonderful teacher for me every day of my life and I love her beyond words,” he concluded. 

Tonight on The Supervet, Noel treats a nine-month-old cockapoo called Betsy. 

Her owners Sophie and Dan are concerned about a dragging front paw caused by nerve damage and are wondering whether there are surgical options. 

But when Betsy develops gangrene, Noel and his team have to amputate her paw, and in order to salvage the rest of her limb, Noel must replace her amputated foot with a skeletally-anchored implant called a PerFiTS (Percutaneous Fixation to the Skeleton).

The Supervet airs tonight at 8pm on Channel 4. 

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