Paralyzed German Shepherd undergoes surgery

  • Brando, a 9-year-old German shepherd, arrives at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Brando has been paralyzed since January and will receive combination stem cell surgery. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jose Gorostiza, DVM, and Dr. Manny Bouza, owner of Brando, escort the German shepherd in for combination stem cell surgery at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Bouza is a cardiolgist and will be observing the operation. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Brando, a 9-year-old German shepherd, has been paralyzed since January and will receive combination stem cell surgery. This is the first time this surgery has been done in Florida. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dr. Manny Bouza kneels with daughter Paloma, 13, wife, Marietta, and dog Brando. The paralyzed German shepherd's owners escorted him into the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah for combination stem cell surgery Wednesday, June 5, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Brando's owner Dr. Manny Bouza pets him before the dog's combination stem cell surgery at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jose Gorostiza, DVM, removes fat tissue from Brando, a 9-year-old paralyzed German shepherd, during combination stem cell surgery at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jose Gorostiza, DVM, performs combination stem cell surgery at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah on Brando, a German shepherd who has been paralyzed since January. This is the first time this surgery has been done in Florida. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jose Gorostiza, DVM, places a tube of stem cells into the spinal cord of Brando, a paralyzed German shepherd Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah. This is the first time this surgery has been done in Florida. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Veterinary assistant Carlos Urday brings up the x-ray of Brando, a 9-year-old German shepherd having combination stem cell surgery at the Paradise Animal Clinic in Hialeah. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • From left veterinary assistants Carlos Urday and Julieta Radiche and dog owner Dr. Manny Bouza watch Jose Gorostiza, DVM, perform surgery on Brando, a paralyzed German shepherd. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF