Sportsman and mountains lover, I was in the Ecrins at 3207 m, with Chaussette who used to accompanies me in my hikes, trail, ski etc…
After going up in the montain passes, and taking some picture at the peak, I started going down with my crampons in order to put the skis about fifty meters lower, but due to lack of attention and / or overconfidence I slipped on unstable stones hidden by the snow, and I fell about 200 m lower. Once my fall has been stopped, I searched and called Chaussette but without result. Persuaded that she was under a flow of snow, I went back looking for her without results. I put on my skis stayed higher during my fall, and I went back down as much as I could with my wounds.
In the middle of the montain passes I discovered blood stains in the snow, so there was still hope even though I thought that the worst happenned seeing all this blood.
An hour later and 900m below, I discovered a big bloodstain, Chaussette have found shelter from the wind a few meters lower, unconscious, inert and choking in his blood. With my leg injuries and the state of Chaussette, impossible to ski down, it's on foot for an hour, Chaussette in a blanket and in my backpack, that the return to the car is done, in order to alert the rescue.
The veterinary clinic of Bourg d'Oisans, took immediately care of her. She was hypothermic, with severe head trauma, and had already lost a lot of blood. Several days later and her state stabilized, I was directed to the veterinary clinic Pierre du Terrail in Pontcharra. The examinations revealed edema on the cervical spine, broken ribs and a complex fracture of the olecranon of the left paw.
April 10th, 2017, first surgery to reduce the fracture using a k-wire but it did not hold. On May 20th, 2017, the second intervention was made to put back the olecranon in its place, always with a k-wire system, but because of a very friable bone, the system did not stay in place. Dr BUTTIN, traveling surgeon on the Alpine Arc, offered me a new ligament and tendon prosthesis to save Chaussette’s paw, I quickly accepted, without certainty of the result. June 13th, 2017, third intervention in order to remove the material, but impossible to set up the prosthesis because of an infection of the site On July 6th, 2017, fourth intervention, and installation of the ligament prosthesis NOVATEN® of Novetech Surgery. On August 23th, 2017, Chaussette has a good radio control, and must keep the brace 3 more weeks to not take any risk. On September 14th, 2017, it is Chaussette’s Birthday, I removed the brace. The day after she walked on her four paws again.