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Help my cat Charlie, he fell 18 storeys

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My cat suffered traumatic injuries after miraculously surviving a fall from 18 floors. Little Charlie had a 5 hour surgery to fix several injuries, including a fractured jaw, fractured right foot and toes, a cut in his cleft palate. Luckily, his organs were not damaged. It was so distressing finding he had fallen from the balcony, and seeing him in so much pain.

I can't believe he survived the fall, I'm devastated this has happened but so relieved he survived. The vet said cats do this crazy thing where they flatten out and sort of float if they fall from higher levels (above the 11th floor), and they have worse injuries if they fall from lower levels!

The cost to get him back on track is huge. I'm reaching out for your help with the cost of surgery, and the 6 week aftercare. The cost of everything over 2 days in a 24hour emergency clinic including the surgery was $4,700. This is financially stressful for me, and the costs over the next 6 weeks' recovery time will add to this difficult situation (estimates to reach $7,000).

A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated to help us get Charlie back on his feet and being his cute playful self again. 

Charlie’s injuries and what was done to fix them -


Breakdown of costs from the surgery -




6 week post-operative care - 
 
- Charlie will need feeding through oesophageal feeding tube over 4 small meals per day. Depending on how he tolerates the feeding tube, I may have to come home during work hours to feed him which means a loss of income for that time (contract based job).
- He will need weekly vet appointment to check the splint and change the bandage. The splint requires a high degree of after care to minimise complications.
- In 2 weeks time, Charlie will have a follow up appointment to remove the sutures in his wrist, and assess the wound. This requires sedation.
- In 6 weeks time, radiographs will be taken of Charlie’s jaw, and the frame removed, if heeling is deemed adequate. This requires sedation.

He has also chipped a top front tooth and a bottom tooth quite badly that the vet thinks might need removing in a few months if Charlie struggles to eat or they cause him any pain.


The next 6 weeks will be pretty uncomfortable for him, he can't close his mouth because of external brace, he has a cone around his head so he can’t touch his jaw, and can’t walk on his leg with the splint. He’ll be restless having to spend most of the next 6 weeks in his bed.
 

How your donations will be spent -
 
Your donations will be used to pay for the $4,700 vet bill for his surgery.

They will pay for his follow up appointment 12 days from surgery ($370 approx), weekly check ups ($100 each approx), and the appointment 6 weeks from surgery to remove the jaw brace and splint ($TBA). 

Total is expected to reach $7000. Possibly more if he needs his badly chipped teeth removed if he's unable to eat properly. 
 
I would be grateful for any donations to help me through this financially stressful time.


Charlie is a cute little 3 year old British Shorthair, with a bold personality. He loves to play, be affectionate (on his terms) and of course, take lots of naps. 


He loves sunsets as much as he loves basking in the sun 




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Amy Thompson
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Southbank VIC

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