Howard's Surgery

Two and a half weeks ago, I took in a litter of kittens that a friend had found as orphans in the woods. I was able to get them on the waiting list to go into a rescue and agreed to foster them while they were waiting to be admitted to the rescue. Normally, I foster directly through a rescue and medical bills are not a concern for when I foster. I made an exception this time, and took in these kittens as I wanted to help a friend out that had way too much on their plate. Unfortunately,  one of the kittens, Howard was presenting with gastrointestinal issues from day one. In the past two weeks, I have taken him to the vet 6 times. (Two of which were er visits and emergency surgery) We discovered that the root of his medical problem was a foreign object that had been lodged in his stomach for several weeks. 
Paws Chicago was generous enough to offer to do the surgery for free. Unfortunately, they don't have an endoscope. They would have had to cut through his stomach. Med Vet was the only place I could find that had an extra small endoscope and the capability to safely scope a one and half pound kitten. Howard was in a lot of pain, and I didnt have much time or choices. The obstruction had to come out, or he was going to die. The most compassionate option for Howard was endoscopic surgery. His endoscopic surgery and Two different ICU stays, totaled $2,800. 00 
Paws Chicago has generously offered to do his follow up lab work and I am very appreciative! 
Between the other vet visits, lab work, and medicines purchased, I had already spent close to $700 before his surgery. 
I have never done a go fund me or asked for help. I am more than happy to bear financial responsibility for Howard, as I care for my foster kittens as much as I do my own cats. I would never let any of them suffer.  
However $3,500 was way more of a financial burden than I planned for or was financially prepared to handle. It came at a horrible time. I am still financialy catching up from Bazinga's huge ER bill.  I am trepidatious to post a go fund me campaign and I appreciate all the kind messages encouraging me to do so. I am not looking to fully cover all of Howard's medical bills through donations.... just some relief from the burden if possible. Thanks for considering. Your support in my rescue adventures is always appreciated and warms my heart. 
Howard is home from the ICU and all paws crossed, seems to be recovering well :) I look forward to being his nurse in the next couple weeks and getting him back on a healthy path.
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Ellyn Greenspahn 
Chicago, IL

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