Poppy was unable to stand and walk independently when she arrived. Evaluation by one of the neurology team indicated a spinal cord problem in her neck. Since her condition was by this time stable, she was kept comfortable overnight and underwent an MRI scan the following morning.
The MRI scan showed intervertebral disc disease. Complicating matters, several of Poppy’s discs were bulging into the spinal canal, with the spinal cord itself markedly compressed at two sites in her neck. After weighing up the pros and cons of medical management and surgery, a decision was made to operate, with Poppy undergoing surgery at both sites.