When Melanie Butera and her husband Steve Heathman took in a dying, blind deer, they doubted the animal would last the night. However, thanks to their love, the fawn pulled through. And she’s since repaid them in the most beautiful way.
Butera believes that she was born to be a vet. And over the years, she had learned to take the highs of her job with the lows, given that the lives she was working on often hung in the balance. And sometimes, there was simply nothing she could do to save them.
Allowing animals to pass from this life into the next with as much dignity as possible is all part and parcel of being a vet. However, when a desperately ill creature arrived at her emergency clinic one night in June 2004, Butera was unwilling to give up on it without a fight.