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Please help cute Katie run again !

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Hello, my name is Mike Broderick. I created this page to help out my older sister Joan and her dog Katie. Katie is a 2 1/2 year old Boxer/Pointer mix. Joan got Katie from a friend who fosters dogs. Katie has the best temperament I’ve ever seen in a dog.

She is such a wonderful dog but needs femoral head osteotomy (FHO) to eliminate the pain in her hips. Katie has severe hip dysplasia. She can barely walk without pain; in fact her surgery had to be moved up and done sooner because it was getting worse every day. Today, Oct 19, 2016, at 7 am she will be getting the surgery on one hip. I thought I had more time to create this but the total process will take months -since they are doing one hip at a time.

But here's the kicker. It costs $3,000 per hip for the procedure! That’s why the goal is $6,000.

Update: The bill for the 1st surgery was $2600. So going to assume the 2nd one will be the same. I adjusted the goal from $6000 to $5200.

So, to surprise my sister I have created this page to help offset the costs. If you can find it in your heart to help Katie, please donate. ANY amount, small or large, will make a profound difference! I am eternally grateful for your support. Any amount raised would mean the world to Katie, my sister and me.

I will post more photos/videos and updates to keep you informed.
                  Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH !!

Here's some info on the surgery:

What is Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) Surgery for Dogs?
A femoral head osteotomy, also referred to as a femoral head ostectomy or FHO, is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. In simpler terms, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This way, the bones of the joint are no longer in contact, which eliminates the pain that is caused by the abnormal contact of the bones in a dog with hip dysplasia or severe osteoarthritis. This procedure is usually used as a last resort or salvage procedure in dogs with severe hip dysplasia that are not candidates for a total hip replacement. It is also used to treat dogs with Legg Calve Perthes Disease. Once the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work to support the area, and act as a false joint. This means that now when the limb is moved, the forces are transferred to the pelvis rather than the leg itself. The FHO Surgery is a fairly simple procedure in that minimal equipment is required, and no implants are needed. The procedure causes the leg to be slightly shorter than the unaffected leg, although amazingly, most dogs return to close to normal activity after the surgery.

Organizer and beneficiary

Mike Broderick
Jenkintown, PA
Joan Broderick

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