Help Ellen Floren with medical emergency bills for Duffy.

For: Ellen Floren
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Barbara Barg
Help Ellen Floren with medical emergency bills for Duffy. (Ellen Floren)
$4,793
of $13,000 goal.
Raised by 106 donors
36% Complete

The Story

On Tuesday, January 15, Ellen's six-year-old rescue dog, Duffy, woke up unable to walk and in horrible pain. She rushed him to the vet who sent her to a specialist immediately.  

The Specialist ordered an MRI which revealed one ruptured disc and two  compromised discs.  Because Duffy is still young and has so much heart and love in him, putting him down is not an option. He’s a dearly loved member of the family. He was rushed into surgery. That MRI and surgery cost nearly $7,000. Aftercare is expensive too.

This is a big financial hardship and emergency for Ellen who has tirelessly rescued and fostered many dogs and cats.  Please help Duffy have the funds to receive all the care he needs, including the therapeutic rehab he'll need the next few months to learn how to walk again Every little bit helps. Thank you so much.

Well we are now 2 1/2 weeks into this , and last weekend, Duffy's  recovery went backwards. This continued throughout the week until Friday, when a new MRI discovered new damage. Duffy underwent surgery, again, to find the original ruptured disc,  ruptured on the other side, blowing that disc apart completely and another disc was determined unstable as well.  The 1st disc was fused and 2 plates  have been place beneath  his vertebra.  It was an extensive surgery, taking about 3 hours. His spinal cord appears clean with no damage. That is amazing good news. His spirit is amazing, along with his will to go forward..with proper rehab he'll be enjoying his long walks again in the spring.. Thank you all for helping Ellen and Duffy this stressful time.  


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 1, 2018

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Posted on February 1, 2018

We've had a serious setback.. Duffy has re-ruptured or ruptured a different disc.... A new MRI is needed and probably another surgery is looking probable.  Ellen is  heartbroken and Duffy is mostly immobile again.   He needs another MRI , most likely followed by another surgery.  Thank you all for your support, and if you could please help share this fundraiser.....Her costs will be well over $10,000.  Thank you all  Wish the news was better


Posted on January 21, 2018

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Posted on January 21, 2018

While not  able to participate in his favorite sport and cat chasing, Duff's spirit is great, and he is baring weight on his back legs for 30-40 secs. I know with rehab, care and love,he will have a good recovery.


Posted on January 19, 2018

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Posted on January 19, 2018

Duffy got home from the vet hospital last night. Thanks your, Greg, for carrying him up the stairs. Duffy did well with the surgery. Now starts the long road to recovery.

As you can see from the picture, Duffy has to wear a two-handle harness because he can't really walk on his own or put a lot of weight on his back legs for several weeks. Ellen is doing physical therapy with him so his muscles don't atrophy, but it's difficult for him to contemplate not being able to chase the cat.

He's on pain meds and is getting lots of love and good nutrition. Thank you so much for your support. Oh, and check out his long scar. Impressive. Onward and upward, dear Duffy.

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