Please help us help 5 month old Bernie keep fighting!
Organized by: Perley Eppley
Sophia's Grace Foundation rescued Bernie from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina last month after another rescue backed out on him. Bernie is a 5 month old dachshund mix. He was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and secondary mega esophagus due to the Myasthenia Gravis. He came to Sophia's Grace in the middle of February. He has a wonderful personality and is a dear heart, but has had such a rough time with regurgitation from the mega esophagus, that he is hardly able to get anything into his stomach. Because he has such poor motility in his esophagus, saliva and foods are not moving into his stomach and finally are regurgitated. When we took Bernie in, he weighed 7 lbs., 6 ounces. After many tries of different foods and consistencies, and holding him upright to help gravity move the contents move from the esophagus down to the stomach, we have found that he has lost 1.6 lbs. Bernie has also developed aspiration pneumonia from all the regurgitation. He is now in the hospital and needs a lifesaving procedure. He needs to have a feeding tube (g-tube) placed? This will enable food and water to be placed directly into the stomach. This is his only chance for survival.