Baby Stella

For: Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
Organizer: Blue Ridg Boxer Rescue
Baby Stella (Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue)
$3,750
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 58 donors
37% Complete
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The Story

Stella is a 7-8 week old puppy who was found wandering around a gas station in Gastonia, NC. She was picked up by a Good Samaritan who was unsure of what to do except take her to the shelter. Luckily, the shelter called BRBR right away and Stella was picked up by a volunteer and taken to our vet in Gastonia, NC. Stella began throwing up and was taken back in to the vet to be checked. An X-ray of her tummy showed some debris in her belly, so it was assumed she must have eaten something while all alone at the gas station. Stella made her way to Charleston, SC to her foster mom. After a couple of days there she began throwing up again. Stella once again went to the vet. An X-ray was taken at a different angle which showed Stella had a serious condition called Persistent Right Aortic Arch: Persistent right aortic arch is a congenital vascular abnormality which can cause regurgitation in young dogs. Surgery was performed Monday July 1 to correct this condition. The vet did a thoracotomy (opening chest). While in recovery Stella developed pneumonia and is undergoing nebulizer treatments. Stella is a fighter and she fought the feeding tube yesterday. The vet decided to try to feed her liquids in hopes she would keep them down. She was fed twice yesterday and kept the liquids down. Mid-day yesterday when Stella developed pneumonia things seemed very grim. Last night the vet seemed more optimistic about her recovery. Prayers and thoughts are still needed for this tiny baby, only weighing 5-6 lbs. before surgery. We hope Stella makes a full recovery so she can have the wonderful life she so deserves. As of now Stella's medical bills are well over $3,000.00 and will continue to rise the longer she has to stay at the specialty vet clinic. Donations for Stella's medical care are so appreciated!

For more info on Stella's condition please visit this website.  http://ic.upei.ca/cidd/disorder/persistent-right-aortic-arch-vascular-ring-anomaly

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 12, 2013

Posted on August 12, 2013

Stella Update

Stella was having difficulty breathing after her last surgery.  She has been in and out of the specialty hospital and has been in the oxygen chamber. Stella has laryngospasms, which is an uncontrolled or involuntary muscular contraction (the spasm) of the laryngeal cords. This causes a partial blockage of the airway because the muscles are fluttering in the throat and blocking air flow. It is TERRIFYING for anyone who experiences it because you think you can't breathe. You have to calm down to breathe easier which is hard when you think you are suffocating. The more agitated and worked up you get the harder it is to breath.  It was easier for Stella to breath in the oxygen chamber because she was getting a higher concentration of oxygen then she was just breathing room air. 

Stella’s breathing had not improved today so it was decided that Stella need a tracheotomy to survive. A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure to create an opening through the neck into the trachea (windpipe). The procedure was done this afternoon and Stella is now sitting up, alert and able to breathe without difficulty.  Now that Stella’s airway is secure and her feeding tube is in place, Stella’s body can work on healing and gaining weight.  Please continue to keep Stella in your thoughts and prayers.  Stella also needs donations for her care.  The tracheostomy surgery cost $4300.  Every dollar counts, please consider donating to Stella’s care. Thank you!!!


Posted on August 7, 2013

Posted on August 7, 2013

Stella went back to the hospital today so they could use the scope and balloon to open the stricture her esophagus. While she was under anesthesia they also put a larger feeding tube in so we can feed her larger volumes. This would also her to be switched from her Clinicare liquid diet to A/D can food, which is good news!

Little Stella still has pneumonia. Her breathing is often wheezy, although it doesn’t slow her down one bit. She loves playing with the cat, Charli – they run and tumble all over the house!

The estimate for Stella's surgery today $1300-$1700 for the scope/balloon and feeding tube. Stella's vet bills have totaled over $10,000. With your generous donations we are able to provide Stella with the best care. If you would like to donate to Stella's fund, please click the link here. Thank you for helping Stella!

Posted on July 20, 2013

Posted on July 20, 2013

Baby Stella is home from the vet and doing well!  Here she is with her 10yr old sister Malli (pronounced Molly). In February Mallie lost her sister lil Ruthie, who had been Malli's constant companion for 10 years. Malli has been really depressed ever since. Mallie's Mom Libby figured out that she is a pack leader with no pack :( So that's when she opened up to the idea of a puppy and they found Baby Stella, the little miracle! 

Baby Stella is being feed multiple times a day through her feeding tube and she is slowly gaining weight.  She is also starting to grow longer and taller!   She will have barium x-ray next week to get clear idea of how the stricture in her esophagus can be treated. There is a small chance her stricture will open on its on, but unlikely at this stage. The next step is a scope, which is less evasive, and a balloon to dilate or open the stricture. 

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