Help my cat Charlie, he fell 18 storeys

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My cat suffered traumatic injuries after miraculously surviving a fall from 18 floors. Little Charlie had a 5 hour surgery to fix several injuries, including a fractured jaw, fractured right foot and toes, a cut in his cleft palate. Luckily, his organs were not damaged. It was so distressing finding he had fallen from the balcony, and seeing him in so much pain.

I can't believe he survived the fall, I'm devastated this has happened but so relieved he survived. The vet said cats do this crazy thing where they flatten out and sort of float if they fall from higher levels (above the 11th floor), and they have worse injuries if they fall from lower levels!

The cost to get him back on track is huge. I'm reaching out for your help with the cost of surgery, and the 6 week aftercare. The cost of everything over 2 days in a 24hour emergency clinic including the surgery was $4,700. This is financially stressful for me, and the costs over the next 6 weeks' recovery time will add to this difficult situation (estimates to reach $7,000).

A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated to help us get Charlie back on his feet and being his cute playful self again. 

Charlie’s injuries and what was done to fix them -

Breakdown of costs from the surgery -

6 week post-operative care - 
- Charlie will need feeding through oesophageal feeding tube over 4 small meals per day. Depending on how he tolerates the feeding tube, I may have to come home during work hours to feed him which means a loss of income for that time (contract based job).
- He will need weekly vet appointment to check the splint and change the bandage. The splint requires a high degree of after care to minimise complications.
- In 2 weeks time, Charlie will have a follow up appointment to remove the sutures in his wrist, and assess the wound. This requires sedation.
- In 6 weeks time, radiographs will be taken of Charlie’s jaw, and the frame removed, if heeling is deemed adequate. This requires sedation.

He has also chipped a top front tooth and a bottom tooth quite badly that the vet thinks might need removing in a few months if Charlie struggles to eat or they cause him any pain.

The next 6 weeks will be pretty uncomfortable for him, he can't close his mouth because of external brace, he has a cone around his head so he can’t touch his jaw, and can’t walk on his leg with the splint. He’ll be restless having to spend most of the next 6 weeks in his bed.

How your donations will be spent -
Your donations will be used to pay for the $4,700 vet bill for his surgery.

They will pay for his follow up appointment 12 days from surgery ($370 approx), weekly check ups ($100 each approx), and the appointment 6 weeks from surgery to remove the jaw brace and splint ($TBA). 

Total is expected to reach $7000. Possibly more if he needs his badly chipped teeth removed if he's unable to eat properly. 
I would be grateful for any donations to help me through this financially stressful time.

Charlie is a cute little 3 year old British Shorthair, with a bold personality. He loves to play, be affectionate (on his terms) and of course, take lots of naps. 

He loves sunsets as much as he loves basking in the sun 

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Update from Charlie - I was a good boy for my vet today, she said I’m doing very well.

I had my splint removed, my leg feels funny! (My human said it looks weird with the fur shaved off). I’ll be able to walk on it properly soon.

I will be able to try a very little bit of wet food normally now, because when the pins are removed I might not be able to eat food that needs chewing. So it will be watered down for me to lick it up.

On the 24th I have to get X-rays to see if my jaw bones have healed enough to remove the pins... I really hope so!

Update from Amy -
Thank you everyone for your donations, I’m so grateful. All up they will cover 2/3 of the total expenses (not just vet bills but expenses outside of those).
It’s been an exhausting month so far. Only a few more weeks to go and things can go back to normal. Fingers crossed.
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Today Charlie had a check up. We went to our local vet in South Melbourne, which saved time and money compared to going to the 24 hour vet in Flemington where he had the surgery.

His splint looks good, no need to change the bandage, tube insertion point looks good - antibiotics are helping.

The vet was happy with what was done for his jaw.

I got some medication that should "take the edge off", it acts as pain relief and a mild sedative. He has been agitated - chewing at nothing (obviously the pins in the jaw are strange and he doesn't like how it feels). He paces the cage during the day (I have a security cam to watch him while at work - he has to be confined to a small space to protect his leg). Every day since surgery he has not been using the litter (I have tried 3 other options - even putting the litter crystals directly into the cage base, not a tray), and he is urinating on the towels I use as bedding, and will sleep in it.... All clear signs of anxiety / stress ... So hopefully this medication calms him and as a result uses his litter! - which will make this easier on me too.

Until x-rays are taken in 3 weeks, I wont know if the pins can come out then or not, and I wont know if he will be able to eat again... So for the next 3+ weeks it's a waiting and hoping game.

Please share my Go Fund Me with your friends... to help raise funds for the costs of Charlie's recovery.

Once again, thank you to everyone for your generous support.
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Update from Charlie -

Today was my first follow up appointment. I was sedated so the vet could remove sutures from my leg, replace the cast, check my jaw and feeding tube insertion point. There was a minor infection where the tube inserts (this is common), so I have to take more antibiotics.

The vet gave me something to “reverse the sedation” so when I got home I was full of energy. My human fed me and I had a rest on my bed inside my “tent” (it’s a large cage wth a blanket over it so I feel cozy and safe inside, I have to stay here while my human is at work, so I can’t jump or walk too much on my bad leg)

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the gofundme - so far $2625 has been raised. The goal is $5000, however the total will reach at least $6200!

Breakdown of costs…
⚪️ $4,700 - 11 April - initial surgery
⚪️ $270 - 23 April - sedate, replace cast, check jaw + feeding tube insertion
⚪️ $130 - 2nd May - general check leg + jaw (no sedation)
⚪️ $270 - 10th May - sedate, replace cast, check jaw + feeding tube insertion
⚪️ $130 - 17th May - general check leg + jaw (no sedation)
⚪️ $740 - 24th May - sedation, x-rays, remove pins if bones have healed*

If the x-rays on 24th May show the bones haven’t healed, pins can’t be removed, so it’ll be another 3 or 4 weeks, which this means 3 check ups and another round of x-rays and sedation at the end… which will add another $1000 roughly to the total.

My feeding tube will be removed 7-10 days after the pins in jaw are removed, to make sure I can eat normally. If my jaw has not healed evenly, I might not ever want to eat normally again. This is a worst-case scenario… I really really hope my jaw heals properly!

This is a stressful time for me and my human. Please show your support by sharing this post with my gofundme link or make a donation, even $10 helps!

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Update from Charlie -

“It’s been 1 week since my surgery, and I’m starting to get my energy back. Today I walked around the living room, and sat in the sun with my human (I’m only allowed to sit on the balcony if my human is with me!) ☀️ ... My human bought me a new toy ball, but I’m too tired to play yet.

I have very big vet bills to fix my jaw and leg and see my vet regularly during my 6 week recovery period. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, or please share my gofundme link.

For more information on my injuries and surgery - read my gofundme story. Thank you.”
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