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May 16, 2007


Horse and Owners Honored with Stall Dedication at LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

BATON ROUGE-You are invited to join the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for the dedication of "The Lexi Suite" on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 pm. at the Equine Lameness Pavilion outside the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The event will honor Lexi (Lexius), a Dutchwarmblood mare, her owners Ms. Julie Calzone and Mr. Robert Gardes, and the LSU team of veterinarians, technicians and students that worked together to preserve Lexi's vision.

On September 22, 2006, Lexi underwent a groundbreaking eye surgery at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The surgery is rarely performed and was unprecedented at Louisiana State University. Dr. Hartmut Gerhards with the Clinic for Horses of Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, worked collaboratively with Dr. Eric Storey, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, to perform the vitrectomy on Lexi's right eye. Assisting Dr. Gerhards was Dr. Bettina Wollanke of Munich.

The surgery would not have taken place without the help of Lexi's owners. Their generosity did not stop with the surgery; Calzone and Gardes have also established the Lexi Fund to dedicate financial resources toward clinical service, scientific investigation and education endeavors in the field of equine ophthalmology.

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Media Contact:
Ginger Guttner
Public Relations Coordinator
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
225-578-9922
gguttner@vetmed.lsu.edu

The mission of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is to provide superior education in veterinary medicine and related fields, to offer a wide range of superior services to the general public and the veterinary medical community, and to maintain a relevant, high-quality research program in basic and applied fields.
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