Help Save Jax
Organized by: James Mann
Hi my name is Jax, I am only 9 months old and I am dying of heart disease. I was recently diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, which is a narrowing in the Aortic valve passage of my heart. It will continue to narrow until it cuts off the blood supply to my body and I will die. Last week we went for a walk and I got excited and almost fainted.
We talked to my Cardiologist and he said that this is the first physical sign that my condition is getting critical and I'm running out of time, only a couple of months before permanent damage sets in. The doctor said that my exercise has to be restricted. I'm not allowed to play with other dogs or run around with the kids because that will cause my heart rate to increase. I'm really sad because I love to play with the kids and go for long walks as I am still a puppy, it's hard for me to stay calm.
My doctor in Vancouver, B.C. said that there is a surgery that could save my life but it's rare and nobody in Canada can do it. The closest place is in Los Angeles, California at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center. We will have to drive because I'm not allowed to fly, yaay CAR RIDE!
The surgeon in Los Angeles said that the procedure is non invasive with an excellent success rate which means that I could live a full life with my family that I love. The surgery is minimal, the recovery time is minimal but the surgery is estimated to be $10,000 - $12,000 USD. It is very expensive but my only chance. Our goal is to raise $18,000 Canadian dollars to cover my surgery and help with the trip expenses. We know this is a lot of money, but I'm only 9 months old and I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. My family will be heartbroken, especially my 6 year old cousin Lillian, she loves me so much. If I don't get the surgery my family will slowly watch me die in front of their eyes over the next 6 months and were all so scared that this could happen, I still have a chance. I know I bring a lot of joy to my family. Please help me.
Hi, my name is James and Jax is my dog and my best friend. He is sweet and kind and such a beautiful puppy with a great personality. He has a long life ahead of him, but without you he has no hope of having that. He puts a smile on all our faces everyday with his playful goofiness and loving gentle soul. We love him just like we would a child, he is a big part of our family.
The surgical procedure that he would get is called Balloon Valvuloplasty. A Cutting Balloon Catheter is inserted into a jugular in his neck, its fed through to his heart and into the narrowing section of the Aortic Valve passage. It is then pressurized to keep the narrowing from growing over, then the blades on the balloon expand out into the hearts wall to keep it in place.
I've been in contact with the Doctor that will be performing the procedure and she has given me successful odds, even though the surgery is so rare and only invented 6 years ago. The success rate is 90-95% and the dogs that had the procedure 4-5 years ago are living and doing well.
Jax does not have a lot of time. He most likely has less than 6 months to live but even less time before the symptoms and permanent damage starts. With the narrowing Aorta passage, the blood flow will be restricted and cause his heart to over pressurize and grow in size. We're booking the surgery for the first
week in April so our time to raise the money is limited but it's our only chance and hope at Saving Jax's life.
What's happening to him is so incredibly sad and scary for all of us. Jax has been a big part of my life and gotten me through some very tough times. It's so hard to believe that such a beautiful innocent puppy that I love so much will have his life taken from him at such a young age. How can this possibly be happening.
We are going to do everything we can to save him but we need your help.
Please help us save Jax because without your help there is no hope.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity. You have no idea how much it means to my family and I.