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Help Save Fuzz Aldrin's Life!

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Raised by 153 people in 9 months
Fuzz Aldrin is quite a girl!

The only survivor of a litter of kittens abandoned in a box on the Vegas Strip in August of 2011, she was nursed to health by a very caring woman in Los Angeles. Because of these traumatic first months, Fuzz has always been tiny, but her love for people is enormous.

At one year of age, she chose two humans to be her full-time, forever people, and her devotion to Phil Leirness and Lily Holleman has been fierce and steadfast.

During the holidays, she stood constant vigil, protecting and soothing Phil after he became bed-ridden with illness. Then, on Christmas, this sweet, little girl stopped eating ... And drinking ... By the time Phil got her to emergency care, her breathing was troubled.

The doctors and nurses at the facility immediately fell in love, dubbing her "little Mama" and broke the sad news: Fuzz had gone into congestive heart failure. The life-expectancy for such a diagnosis is short. However, the doctor was perplexed by one aspect of her vitals that was not consistent with this diagnosis, and so our little fighter was transferred to another emergency care facility where a cardiologist performed an echocardiogram.

This test revealed that although Fuzz does have signs of heart disease (no surprise given her traumatic fight to survive her origins), she is, in fact, NOT at risk for congestive heart failure. The source of her illness lay elsewhere ...

Whether it be pneumonia, or asthma, or some combination thereof, the source of Fuzz Aldrin's illness is in her lungs. Under the careful guidance of her people, the team at ACCESS Speciality Animal Hospital in Culver City attacked all potential causes with every treatment they could conceive, performing every non-invasive test that would provide clues to better treatment, while not creating further trauma with which little Fuzz would have to do battle.

Even after a few days, optimism for Fuzz's prognosis was in short supply.

A discussion was had, preparing for the best way to allow Fuzz to shuffle off her mortal coil.

Her people have been steadfast in their determination, however, to buy Fuzz every opportunity and all the time she needed to heal at her own pace, under her own power ... And finally, her lungs are showing improvements, her breathing is getting better, her dependency on oxygen decreasing, her spirit, attentiveness and feisty attitude on the rebound.

And, oh, the purring is LOUD!

We now believe this story has a happy ending.

It is expected that within the next two to three days she will be able to return home to conclude her convalescence in comfort and in the loving arms of her people.

To date, Fuzz's emergency treatments (oxygen, IV, feeding tube, nebulization, steroids, antibiotics), tests and hospitalization (with around-the-clock compassionate attention and care) have cost approximately $10,000, with a few days of hospitalization and treatment still to go. Your immediate contribution of any amount will help both Fuzz Aldrin and her people and will help ensure that this story has a happy ending.

We understand that there are no end of worthy causes and pressing needs in this world. So, even if you can't help financially, PLEASE share our little girl's story and direct people to this page.

Fuzz Aldrin means the world to us and she truly, deeply loves this world.
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This will probably be our final update ... And it's a good one!

As you know if you have been following her story, our brave little girl Fuzz Aldrin was given very little chance to survive at the beginning of the year, having succumbed to an illness that had infected all her major organs ...

At the end of May, the results from her final blood panel and lung x-rays came back normal! She has been given a clean bill of health! Dr. Hogan, Fuzz Aldrin's supervising emergency care vet at Access Specialty Animal Hospital in Culver City wants to see her in two months and if that goes well, they won't need to see her again (though they will miss her terribly!).

Fuzz seems to love everything as much or more than before she got sick. She watches the birds, she climbs everything, she cuddles up for nap time, she runs around, she hides in bags, she eats regularly throughout the day and she brings us so much joy.

She is a small cat with a big personality. She got very sick yet maintained a fierce will to survive. She is Fuzz Aldrin and we love her very much. Every sacrifice we have made has been more than worth it and we have been deeply moved by all of you who have helped us with those sacrifices.

Further help would still be greatly appreciated, so we would gladly welcome any and all who wish to join Team Fuzz for this spectacular happy ending.

With Love & Gratitude,
Lily
Big purrs to everyone on Team Fuzz!
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Witnessing Fuzz Aldrin this past month has been to watch a miracle unfold. This little girl was so close to death and even when she got home, she had forgotten much of who she was ...

That is all behind her now.

No longer burdened by an esophageal feeding tube, she is putting on weight, building her muscle and her stamina, playing every day, demonstrating strength, speed, grace and dexterity.

Her most recent follow-up exam was on Easter Sunday and the x-rays show that the pneumonia is fully gone from her lungs. They look "perfect" and so she is down to only one antibiotic. And with how close she is to full neurological recovery, we have no doubt she will be off that final medicine soon enough.

She uses her inhaler twice a day and seems to really enjoy it. Most important of all, she has only coughed once in the past month. And coughing used to be a frequent occurrence for her even before she got so sick.

It is entirely possible that Fuzz will emerge from these months of trauma as a healthier kitty than she ever was before. This could not have happened without all of you. Please keep spreading the word about our little fighter. Fuzz Aldrin's people could certainly still use some help!
The news just keeps getting better!
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Hello, everybody!

7 weeks ago, we were advised to say goodbye to Fuzz Aldrin. Our love for her and our faith in her would not allow us to do this. Now, she is accompanying us on road trips! First, it was Santa Barbara (to visit my mom), and last week San Jose (where we screened our movie). She remembers who she is and she gets stronger every day. A full recovery will continue to take time, of course. We actually had to teach her how to eat again, and then how to drink water. Now, watching her eat and drink fills our hearts with such joy. Our love, her strength, a brilliant medical team and donations from so many wonderful souls have made a truly happy ending possible.

She is down to two antibiotic medications, one of which might get phased out soon, and the other after several more weeks. This week, with your help, she can get the esophageal feeding tube removed! So, please keep spreading the word and encouraging people to join "Team Fuzz".

With Love and Gratitude,
Lily
Feeling good enough to take road trips!
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I apologize for letting so long pass without an update on our little girl's rather miraculous recovery ... I must admit, we have been truly spending every moment savoring the daily improvement in her condition.

Yesterday, we took Fuzz Aldrin for her first examination in two weeks. She was feeling feisty! In fact, her supervising doctor felt that she was "meeting" the real Fuzz for the first time!

The general consensus among the medical team treating Fuzz is that she succumbed to toxoplasmosis in all her organs. The prognosis to them was, at one point, quite dire. We never gave up, though. For as far away from herself as she got, her connection to us never wavered. So, why would our faith in her waver? And seriously, look at the photo below ... Who would bet against her?

According to those same doctors, our little girl's recovery is off the charts! Her blood panel shows her organs look "beautiful". X-rays reveal the scar tissue in her lungs continues to heal. Recovery from her neurological impairments will continue to take time. And her esophageal tube will need to remain in place for six more weeks.

Still, every day, she is markedly better than the day before and ... Just look at her!

The story of Fuzz Aldrin continues to spread and donations continue to come in, for which we are eternally grateful. Please keep inviting more people to join Team Fuzz!

With Love and Gratitude,
Lily
Who would bet against this girl?!
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