‘Little Papi’ bulldog’s surgery a success thanks to local hospital

BOSTON (WHDH) - A bulldog named after a Red Sox slugger underwent successful surgery using technology engineered by a Boston hospital.

“Little Papi” has undergone several unsuccessful procedures to treat a nasal cavity defect that left him with a painful hole in his mouth.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital bioengineer Jeffrey Karp and his team engineered a degradable glue that is strong and elastic enough to bind tissue.

After hearing Karp present on his work and the new tissue glue, William Rosenblad, a dental surgeon at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, asked Karp to collaborate.

After approval from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, they were able to use the glue on Little Papi, with great success.

“We all strive to make a difference through our research,” Karp said. “It was amazing to collaborate with Dr. Rosenblad and to have both intuitions’ full support to help Papi. My new goal now is to improve quality of life for both patients and pets.”

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