Family struggling to pay the vet bills
Organized by: Kathy Ruddy Mulvaney
Hello everyone, I hope all is well!
Our story begins in February 2014. My daughter and our family dog, Bailey Boo, were living in Vermont. Casey broke her leg just days after telling me Bailey started limping on his front leg. He is a 7 year old yellow Lab who would hike hours in the mountains and swim endlessly in the rivers. He even learned how to ride in a canoe last year.
The Orthopedic Surgeon in Williston, V.T. suggested testing starting with minor injury related causes and that's where this journey began. Undergoing X-rays, joint taps, blood tests and multiple medications. The medications only subdued the symptoms (no blame what-so-ever to the doctors, they were wonderful!; inititally Bailey was thought to have a sprain, ligament or muscle tear, which can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks to heal)
The blood test came back positive for an extrodinarily high amount of plasmosis from a tick disease. Tick diseases such as lymes can also cause lameness in limbs. We thought we were at the end of the road when he finished all medications. A week later he was barely using his leg and clearly in pain. It was stressful that after all of these tests our poor guy went through we had spent over $3,000 and had no answer. VT does not have MRI's available so Casey and Bailey came home to NJ to have an MRI done at RBVH. Dr. Glass found a tumor in Bailey's shoulder on the nerve near his spine. The two facilities worked together like a team and amputation was suggested as the best plan of action to save his life. During the amputation on May 21, 2014, the tumor had to be shaved off of his main artery. Bailey handled the surgery like a champ. He was jumping on the bed days later and digging a massive hole in the front yard just a week after surgery. It was a beautiful sight to see. He is a true inspiration to us all and everyday he continues to amaze us.
The biopsy results came back that it was a high level 2 Nerve Sheath Tumor Soft Tissue Sarcoma. The aggressive nature and having no fatty tissue layer meant microscopic pieces were left behind and without radiation treatment, the tumor would come back and mastetized anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months.
By this time my daughter and I have maxed out cards and taken loans (credit and personal loans) for $11,000. After putting him through this are we going to let it come back and kill him? We have been through so much. We could see the end of the road so our little guy can live out the rest of his life happily. We chose to follow up with radiation treatments. Radiation is given more frequently than what humans recieve, so the dosage is much smaller. Bailey finished radiation on July 11th and since then is doing fantastic! He goes swimming at the dog beach frequently and loves running and chasing his ball.
We are currently $16,000 in debt in Bailey's bills alone and have exhausted all funds. We are struggling to pay the bills and hope you can find it in your heart to help. If 10,000 or even 1,000 people donated $1 it would not be missed but it would help more than words and hugs can describe. $1 and a forward to a friend, please. If, at the least I hope this story has inspired or touched your heart in one way or another. Life as an amputee is enjoyed just as much. We can adapt, we can cope if we ever need to.
Peace, Love and Biscuits to all,
The Mulvaney Family