Rheas Leg Amputation

51670290_1601830746460300_r.jpegHi everyone! Foster fail Rhea, formally known as Lucy, is in fact going through with a left thoracic Limb amputation. Initially, an Amp seemed the way to go. When she first came in through the emergency doors, she had no use what so ever for her arm. It was completely lame and she was even trying to chew it. We took her in to get her the surgery and send her off to a forever home after post op care. We fell in love. There was no going back after getting to know the majestic little creature. She is the most affectionate and the most amazing cat. Our hearts were with her since day one, but the need to get her a home was still very strong. She started to gain some feeling, and we then decided to let her keep the leg to see if it would improve. It did very slightly, but began to contract and atrophy, leaving it a deformed shape. After deciding to keep her, we made a game plan and intended on straightening her leg, and having an amazing Orthopedic Surgeon perform an Arthodesis procedure to pin the leg straight. We had an amazing veterinary support team and we only wanted the best, giving her every chance she could get to help fix the leg if possible. After less then a week of a splint, it became clear that this was not the right path. After a couple of bandage changes she had a severe reaction and blistered and swelled up completely. We opted for physical therapy at home in hopes of still being able to straighten it. The leg got worse. We realized then that it would continue to get worse, or best case stay the same. She uses it much, much less then before and seems to be perfectly content with how little she depends on it. She began to realize the more she depended on it early on, the more hard falls and tumbles she would have with such an unstable crutch. She barely uses it at all now. All her running, jumping, playing is done with hops from her good leg. With that being said, we have made the difficult decision to go through with the amp before she is too old. We are scheduled for a Left Thoracic Limb Amputation October 16! We know times are tough, but anything helps. Even a simple share goes a long way. Thank you all for your support. 
-Genesis, Edgar, Nani, Rhea, Cheddar
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Genesis Sarmiento 
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Inglewood, CA
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