Surgery for Stella

UPDATE: June 11, 2019. As you may know Stella have a liver shunt which interferes with her health which makes being a happy pup hard for her. After having to rush Stella to the ER, due to something she ate, the doctor informed me that she is in critical condition and will need to go under surgery as soon as possible, which will increase the expense of her surgery. At the moment Stella is still in the ER being monitored closely. Getting to pick her up at noon June 12th. Surgery is July 22, 2019.

Wednesday, April 24, after sitting down to discuss further pricing with the doctors I was told that Stella’s liver shunt may be at the case where she has to see the cardiologist. After finding that out they told me that the pricing of the surgery would be different. There is a possibility that the pricing could be too expensive for the amount of money raised thus far.

On Monday, April 15, Stella and I went back to the vet for more information on the type of shunt she has and where it is located in her body. During Stella's visit, she received an ultrasound that concluded the shunt was not outside of her liver and that her liver is underdeveloped for her age. Therefore, they diagnosed her with an intrahepatic liver shunt, which is located inside of the liver. The next step that we plan on taking is getting a CT scan to locate how many and where the shunt is inside of her liver. After that the surgery includes order specific technology and equipment that has to fit her to begin the surgery. Unfortunately, with the shunt being inside of her liver it is much more expensive than expected. Any donations are accepted, I really want to be able to get Stella the surgery she needs to live a long healthy life. She means the world to me!

Not too long ago I noticed that Stella was not developing as a dog her type would. After visiting the veterinarian clinic they diagnosed her with what is called a portosystemic shunt, also known as as a liver shunt. This causes her blood to bypass her liver, preventing her liver from filtering her blood. 

Without the proper treatment, Stella would have a small chance of growing up and having a normal life. Fortunately, Stella has the type of shunt that makes her a candidate for surgery. Although, that surgery requires a lot of money and that can be overwhelming for a college student. 

Stella has been my best friend, my support system, and she also driven me  to exceed beyond my abilities while in college. I would really like for Stella to receive the proper treatment she needs. Please feel free to donate whatever you can, as that will help Stella receive the necessary treatment she need. Thank you.
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DaJuan Seward
Ebony, VA

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