Percy's Surgery and Recovery Fund
$3,505 of $7,000 goal
Upon returning from a long weekend this past Memorial Day, our dog ran to the bushes to alert us that something was terribly wrong. What Jeff found was our Maine Coon Percy nearly lifeless, his face savagely maimed. We rushed him to an animal hospital, and our 15 lb baby has been gone ever since, residing now at a special Veterinary hospital.
Our life has been an emotionally exhausting, never-ending ride of one hour (each way) vet trips, vet phone calls, and visits (and snuggles) with a cat who has undergone something so terrible I struggle to put it into words. His face has literally been removed, and he's been a champion through many sedations and procedures. Everything between his eye lids and his upper lip is gone, and on June 8th the surgeon performed reconstructive surgery to take a flap of skin from Percy's neck and place it across his face. One eye is working almost normally. The right eye is currently covered. He has a newly created nose that he seems to be breathing fine out of.
Through this entire process, every vet and vet tech has marveled at what an amazing cat he is, saying that he is an ideal patient. They are in awe of his spirit, and they have all become very attached to him. Dr. Krebs, his main surgeon, wakes up at night thinking about Percy, he said. He also said at this point, he will do anything it takes to fix this. He sees a lot of cases where it wouldn't be right by the cat to keep going on, but with Percy, he said, "if we fix this, he can go home and live a happy, normal life just like any other cat." And that is why we are fighting so hard to keep Percy with us.
Percy has been at the hospital and in intensive care since May 27. At this point, we have no idea when to expect him home (though we have a special place set up for him!). Funds raised would help cover his very extended hospital stay, as well as the vet's work, the incredibly in depth procedures, and the medicine needed for Percy to come home. He'll never look like a normal cat, but we don't care about that. He's shown everyone at the hospital how beautiful he is, even without a face. We've known how beautiful his spirit is for years. If there's a chance he can come home and live a happy life, we can't give up on him now.
We realize how large the amount is, but any little bit will help, even if it just covers gas to get us there to visit with Percy. Anything will be greatly appreciated.
Jeff and Kiley
Four months since we started down this crazy road, we can firmly say Percy is doing well and really recovering. He is truly a miracle. Back in June we weren't sure if he would live at all. Then, when it looked like he would make it, we weren't sure if he would have any sight or smell. Now he runs around the house like his old self, playing and eating and drinking as usual, smelling through the nose his doctor made for him and seeing perfectly though his one good eye (and jumping better than his sister Elphie, who has two good eyes). We are waiting for the middle of his face to heal, and likely it will just sort of scab and scar and remain hairless. He's got an ear infection we're working to clear up, but that's getting better, too. The hair on the side of his face is growing in and he is looking pretty fuzzy. He'll never be a beautiful cat by the world's standards (he looks a little like Voldemort, actually), but he's somehow emerged from this even more beautiful on the inside than he was before. He was a sweet cat before, but he loves to be with us and love on us even more now. Percy is six years old and we think he's used up a good chunk of his nine lives already, but he is a fighter! And so, there isn't a whole lot more to say. We'll obviously continue to post photos of Percy because everyone knows that's what the internet was made for. We'll be paying the last of the vet bills this week and closing the GoFundMe soon after. Please don't feel obligated to give or give again - this is simply an update to all of you who have been following Percy's story. If you do, however, feel like donating, please do so soon as we'll be closing this on 9/20. Thanks again to everyone! -Kiley and Jeff
Percy is my GrandCat and we really appreciate all love and support you have shown on this site. We also appreciate everything the doctors have done and keep doing to save this precious pet. Keep the prayers coming. God Bless all of you that have donated to his recovery!!