The Topeka Zoo's 30-year-old orangutan named Lena underwent an emergency hysterectomy because her fetus died in utero and veterinarians were concerned about a ruptured uterus. It was the third trimester of her pregnancy. Topeka Zoo veterinarian Shirley Llizo, along with veterinarian Leon Conner and perinatologist John Evans, performed Lena's surgery. Managing pain and preventing infection are now the primary goals for Lena's recovery, said Dr. Llizo.
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