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Calf with Prosthetic Legs in Need of Life-Saving Surgery

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Hero Hero

A Shenandoah Valley calf that lost his hooves had a bright future thanks to a new pair of prosthetic legs. But now - those same legs are failing him.

His caregiver has one final chance to save the calf named Hero. But she needs the community's help.

Hero's life depends on a single surgery. Texas A&M University has agreed to take the calf and perform a surgery veterinarians hope will change his life. But it comes with a price.

"They've agreed to take him on and I need to get him there, pretty much you know," said the founder and owner of Selah Ranch, Kitty Martin.

Martin hopes to raise several thousand dollars to save Hero.

The calf relies on pain medicine to get through each day. He lost his two back hooves because of frostbite. Prosthetic legs are doing more damage. Martin spends her days caring for more than 40 animals she and her husband have rescued. Right now, Hero is her number one priority.

"Of all the animals here, I love them all, this one got my heart," she said

Veterinary surgeons in Texas tell Martin they can even out Hero's legs so they are the same length, fit him with the right bio-engineered prosthetics, and provide physical therapy so he can learn to walk.

"He had a crappy start to life, he deserves to live he wants to live," Martin said.

If the surgery is successful, Martin says it won't just be life changing for Hero, it will benefit the cattle industry as a whole. She says sometimes ranchers are forced to euthanize cattle damaged from frostbite. The surgery could be another option.

The Martins have devoted their lives to caring for animals and say they won't stop now.

"You got to take care of them, you treat them good, they treat you good,'' Rick Martin, Kitty's husband, said.

If Hero is able to get the surgery, Martin hopes he can have a brighter future as a therapy animal for military veterans. Martin says if she isn't able to take Hero to get the surgery, they will have to put him down to save him from his pain and suffering.

If you want to find out how to donate to help pay for Hero's surgery, click here.

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