Passing of a Legend:: Inventor of ‘Seattle Slew Basket’ Dies
Dr. George Bagby, who invented the surgical implant that was often referred to as “The Seattle Slew Basket” due to its use in making the famous stallion more comfortable in his final years, passed away on December 12 at the age of 93.
Bagby, along with equine surgeons Dr. Pamela (Wagner) vonMatthiessen and Dr. Barrie Grant, pioneered the surgery in the late 1970s along with other members of the Washington State University veterinary staff.
Seattle Slew had been diagnosed with wobbler syndrome, a degenerative disease that causes compression of the spinal cord through stenosis of the spinal canal. Dan Rosenberg, who served as General Manager of Three Chimneys Farm, where Seattle Slew stood at stud for the majority of his career, said the surgery not only extended the horse’s life, but offered him a better quality of life.
“George Bagby’s innovative approach to treating Seattle Slew’s condition certainly extended his life, and as importantly, his comfort,” said Rosenberg. “George’s quiet confidence, surgical skills and great communication skills helped us get through a very difficult time.”
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