Help Save Fuzz Aldrin's Life!

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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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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,
Who would bet against this girl?!
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Because Phil believes that being around creative activity is healthy for Fuzz Aldrin, I have taken to drawing sketches of our little warrior girl these past few days.

On Saturday, I drew a sketch of her jumping. She has been so wobbly, possibly due to neurological impairment, that walking has been a significant workout for her. And yet, the morning after I had sketched her jumping, she did, indeed, jump up onto the couch! Her strength and agility are definitely coming back.

Last night, I sketched her eating food. She has been taking her nutrition exclusively through feeding tubes. She had not eaten since Christmas. Until today. She ate three full meals today!

The comeback this little lady is making is truly inspiring. As are the donations and expressions of love and support from all of you.

Team Fuzz can still use all the help we can get, so please keep sharing her story.

With Love and Gratitude,
Our girl, alert & resting comfortably.
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On Tuesday, Fuzz Aldrin went back to the hospital for a regularly-scheduled appointment with her supervising doctor, Dr. Hogan. The doctor was overjoyed by our little girl's progress, saying that the level of recovery in all her organs is "off the chart" ... There is concern about neurological impairment. Fuzz wobbles and shakes. The neurologist positively fell in love with Fuzz, though, and there is no reason to believe Fuzz can't enjoy good quality of life. Moreover, as you can see from this photo, she is alert, her cognition is unimpaired, and she is growing stronger every day. So, I would not put it past her to regain her complete coordination.

We still need to feed Fuzz through her esophageal tube (it was one month ago today that she stopped eating). Because of this, we took our girl to the Los Angeles Breakfast Club yesterday morning so that we could keep an eye on her (she has removed one esophageal tube already, after all) while we attended our weekly meeting. Fuzz had a ball seeing several of the people who have aided in her recovery through their donations, their prayers, their sharing of her story, and their emotional support of Phil and me.

Obviously, we need to be patient, which is pretty easy to do as we savor every moment we get to spend with this fierce lady. She inspires us with her courage and her determination and she could not be more loving!

Thanks again to all of you for caring and for helping. Please continue to share Fuzz Aldrin's story. We need as many souls on board Team Fuzz as we can get.

With Love and Gratitude,
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She still gets winded and dizzy, but this morning, Fuzz Aldrin went walkabout, taking the long way across the entire apartment from her bed to her litter box without breaks. She is one fierce and determined little girl.

Please help us in our efforts to restore her fully back to health by sharing our girl's story with all the compassionate animal lovers you know.

With Gratitude and Love,
Fierce and determined to recover fully.
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