At 8 years of age, Devlin lost the lower half of one of his legs to bone cancer. We ( Devlin, myself (mum) and his sister Zita had to move suddenly from Townsville to Brisbane so Devlin could go to paediatric oncology.
After 12 months in Brisbane undergoing numerous of treatments, therapies and rehabilitation, we could come back to Townsville.
Devlin still has to go regularly to the hospital and had since the below knee amputation numerous surgeries done.
Not only did Devlin undergo physical trauma but mental trauma as well - the whole family did. Devlin loves animals and when Devlin was introduced to an assistance dog program it was the right choice to get him his own assistance dog.
Jinx is a gorgeous caramel and white Border Collie who has changed Devlin’s life more than I ever thought possible. I got her when she was a puppy and she went through lots of training with Devlin to become an assistance dog and has been fully qualified for a while now.
Jinx is also Devlin’s best friend and the boost he needs everyday to keep a smile on his face.
When we got told by the vet that something was not quite right with Jinx’s heart and needed scans done, we weren’t expecting that Jinx needed life saving surgery.
Jinx is only 2.5 years old and the specialist told us that Jinx has PDA. A vessel in the heart (that should close by birth) didn’t close after she was born.
Her heart is now enlarged, we are lucky that she doesn’t have fluid in the lungs yet.
The specialist has told us that she needs surgery ASAP. If she doesn’t receive the surgery she will deteriorate and might live up to one more year.
With all the consultations, scans, surgery, after care, etc., it has put a huge strain on our pockets. The costs are over $ 10.000.
As a family of 3, we are doing everything possible to pay for Jinx’s surgery ourselves, however this is not a realistic outcome for us. We are asking, with much hesitation, for assistance to pay for Jinx’s life saving surgery. In turn, not only will Jinx continue to live a long, happy, healthy dedicated life as Devlin’s assistance dog but Devlin will continue to thrive throughout his teenage years and into adulthood with his best mate by his side.
Devlin, Jinx, Zita and Elvira
- Jay Morrow
- Jay Morrow
- Madisyn Morrow
- Gen Hunt
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