Dog Paralyzed in Joplin Tornado Walks Again

Sugar, a 10-year-old cocker spaniel, was brought to the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital after the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin. A spinal injury had resulted in her hind legs being paralyzed. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Sad Sugar Sugar, a 10-year-old cocker spaniel, was brought to the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital after the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin. A spinal injury had resulted in her hind legs being paralyzed. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Fred Wininger, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, prepares to perform a surgical procedure known as a hemilaminectomy to relieve pressure on Sugar’s spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Readying for Surgery Fred Wininger, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, prepares to perform a surgical procedure known as a hemilaminectomy to relieve pressure on Sugar’s spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Fred Wininger cradles Sugar before she begins her post-surgery physical therapy on an underwater treadmill. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Getting Ready for Therapy Fred Wininger cradles Sugar before she begins her post-surgery physical therapy on an underwater treadmill. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Sugar was released from the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on June 14, three weeks after being brought in for surgery to repair an injury to her spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Sugar Ready for Home Sugar was released from the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on June 14, three weeks after being brought in for surgery to repair an injury to her spinal cord. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Fred Wininger and Daniel Leatherman discuss Sugar’s recovery after taking the cocker spaniel for a walk. Sugar’s hind legs had been paralyzed in the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado when the twister destroyed her family’s home and carried her for several blocks. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Daniel and Dr. Wininger Fred Wininger and Daniel Leatherman discuss Sugar’s recovery after taking the cocker spaniel for a walk. Sugar’s hind legs had been paralyzed in the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado when the twister destroyed her family’s home and carried her for several blocks. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
MU student Daniel Leatherman leads his dog, Sugar, as Fred Wininger, a veterinary neurosurgeon, uses a sling to help Sugar bear weight on her hind legs. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
Sugar Goes for a Walk MU student Daniel Leatherman leads his dog, Sugar, as Fred Wininger, a veterinary neurosurgeon, uses a sling to help Sugar bear weight on her hind legs. (Photo/MU News Bureau)
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