Katie's Emergency Surgery to Save her life & her Kittens
Organized by: Fran Hunt
Katie went into labor on 4/17/15 and was immediately in distress. I rushed her to the Vet and after several hours she delivered the 1st kitten still born. I was sent home with Katie "to wait" hoping she would deliver the rest safely. She did not. She began to deliver another but it was stuck. I tried to help her. I was so afraid of hurting her or the kitten. She was obviously in pain and distress so I rushed her to animal ER as it was now 10pm. They ran test after test and left me alone in the exam room with Katie. After inducing her and leaving us alone until 3AM I decided to take her home to make her comfortable. . I didn't have the money for the surgery so the ER vet wouldn't help her. The ER charged me several hundred dollars more and wanted to "put her down". I was not giving up. We went home.
At 7am I started calling vet clinics, humane society, rescues, charities...anyone I could think of trying to find someone who could save Katie, she was dying. And 6 kittens were still inside after 24 hours of labor. She was on her side with a faint meow and I had to help her, even if it meant putting her out of her pain at this point. Within an hour, a friend contacted her Vet who agreed to take Katie immediately and perform an emergency C-Section to save her life. The vet did not think the kittens would have survived this much trauma but he would save them if he could. I said good-bye to Katie and he took her into surgery. I went to my car and sobbed. I was so afraid I would never see my Katie Kat again. I couldn't believe all of this was happening.
I am a single mom, completely disabled from a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed. The doctors said I would never walk again, but through hard work and determination I proved them wrong! I face daily struggles and tremendous pain but I keep going. Katie and her kittens have brought so much joy and happiness to my life. With a VERY limited income, I could not afford the surgery to save Katie. I had already paid the first Vet and the ER visit and tests. The Vet who operated on Katie, did so with the understanding that I would try to raise the money to cover the cost of her surgery. He has given me a generous discount. The good news is Katie survived and THREE of the 7 kittens!! Unfortunately yesterday, after performing CPR and breathing for one of the kittens for 2 hours, she died in the palm of my hand. It was absolutely devastating. We are blessed with Katie and her two surviving kittens and they are doing great! There has been too much death and sadness and I've buried too many kittens. Please help this tragedy come full circle and help me raise the money needed to cover Katie's vet bills which are over $1,000. Thank you.