Xmas Miracle 4 Jingle Bell & Manno
St. Sophia's is hoping for a Holiday Miracle for two sweet kittens that recently came into our care. Both were transferred from Chicago Animal Control knowing that they were in rough shape. While funds from pledges were received and immediately put to use for these kittens, their medical conditions turned out to be much more extensive than previously anticipated -- and now we are in need of medical funds to get the Manno and Jingle Bell the intensive care needed to survive.
Cute Little Manno (originally named Manny at CACC, with ID #A175752), is all purrs and cuddles even though we know he's in pain. Arriving at CACC December 5th, he had wounds on his back legs and a matted and swollen bottom.
CACC did what they could to bandage his back legs after cleaning and treating, but now that Manno is in our care and has been seen by a full-service vet, it's been discovered that he has an inverted, swollen & ulcerated prepuce -- meaning that due to some type of trauma, he is peeing into a pocket in his abdomen -- and of course this is incredibly painful!
This little boy is going to need to undergo emergency Perineal Urethostomy surgery (PU) and lots of prayers and good vibes for a safe and effective surgery and uneventful recovery.
Jingle Bell, (we kept her name, ID # A175811 at CACC) entered animal control seemingly normal. They had plans to put her on the adoption floor, but when they opened her up for spay surgery, discovered that she had a severe diaphragmatic hernia.
This is not a typical umbilical hernia (where the intestines push through the abdominal muscle), but a much more severe hernia, where the intestines and all lower abdominal organs push up through a hole in the diaphram, putting pressure on the lungs and heart in the chest cavity. Her surgery was extensive and her recovery was happily pretty quick.
However, just as fast as she recovered, our little girl has now crashed. She is uncomfortable, sitting balled up, and she is being hospitalized for acute dehydration and jaundice. The pressure of the surgery has caused her liver and kidneys to start to fail, and we need to take quick action to get her back to where she needs to be.
St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines is a 501c3 non-profit DOA licensed cat rescue serving the Chicago-land area. The rescue is run 100% by volunteers with no paid staff. Each cat is cared for to the best of our ability, but we can't do it without public support. Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% goes to the care of these cats. Please consider making a donation to help these kittens heal today!
This sweet boy is still struggling, but his spirits are up! When we first got Manno in, he had leg wounds -- after full diagnostics it was determined that the wounds, while previously thought to be lacerations, were actually urine burns that literally scalded his skin and tore at it (because he had been dripping/leaking due to his urinary condition).
Manno has been getting bi-daily bandage changes and wound treatment, however, one leg isn't seeming to be improving -- in fact, it now has nerve damage as a complication from the PU surgery. Manno will have to continue to get treatment on his leg in order to save it; the reality is that it may need to be amputated if the damage can't be reversed.
We have therefore, based on Manno's increasing needs, updated the amount of funds needed to help cover his care. If you can donate to his continued medical treatment, it would be much appreciated.
Attached is a photo from his most recent vet visit.
For those who want to see the damage to the leg, we have another photo, but have hidden it on our website: Warning, graphic content -- it can be seen here: : http://stsff.dreamhosters.com/mannosxmasmiracle/
We want to thank ALL of you for your support -- whether financially or through your prayers -- please know that in her short time with us, this sweet girl was very loved.
Please also remember to keep Manno in your hearts and minds as he's about to undergo surgery as well, and needs prayers and good thoughts as well.