Reconstructing Olive

For: The Philly Kitty Rescue
Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Holly Dixon
Reconstructing Olive (The Philly Kitty Rescue)
$11,538
of $14,000 goal.
Raised by 319 donors
82% Complete

The Story

Flashback to October 29, 2016. A tiny, 2-month-old, grey puffball of a kitten with three legs is timestamped at ACCT Philly because of a suspected diaphragmatic hernia. Without hesitation, The Philly Kitty rescue confirmed we can help this adorable kitten, who I named Olive. 
I picked up Olive from the shelter the following day. I've taken in many, many kittens in my almost 10 years of fostering, but I've never met a kitten quite like Olive. This girl was born with a congenital amputation of her left from leg, and when I placed my hand under her to lift her, I literally felt her heart beating against my fingers. Despite her physical differences, Olive is very much a normal kitten who has boundless energy, no fear, and gets into everything.
Our first step was to get Olive to an emergency vet (Mt Laurel Animal Hospital), where they took some x-rays. It turned out she doesn't have a hernia, but rather she is missing most of her sternum and her ribs haven't fused to the sternum section remaining. The recommendation was to let her grow for several months and recheck the x-rays to decide if surgical intervention was necessary. 
On February 22, 2017, Olive was evaluated at VSEC Levittown to decide whether or not her condition required surgery. She had x-rays taken and got an ultrasound to better understand what was needed. Dr. Jennifer MacLeod recommended that we go ahead with surgical repair of Olive's sternum defect. Ideally, this repair would be performed soon since her bones are still "pliable" and would likely have a better surgical outcome. 
We would love to give little Olive a chance at a normal life. A life where she can run and jump without the risk of injury to her unprotected heart. 
Before any surgery, Olive's veterinary care is just shy of $1,000. The estimate for the surgical repair is from $3814.05 to $5062.79, assuming there are no complications. She will also be spayed at the time of the sternum repair and require postsurgical follow-up visits. Please consider donating towards Olive's surgical costs. All donations are tax deductable and will help us give Olive the full, happy life that she deserves!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 7, 2017

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Posted on July 7, 2017

It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I announce that on Sunday, July 2nd Olive became an angel. Following surgery, Olive had been dealing with many neurologic issues and blindness that somehow came about as a result of the operation. Her amazing mom, Christie, had been giving her the absolutely best care in the world, but all of the medications that Olive had been given started to take a toll on her tiny body. It was an incredibly hard decision to help Olive cross over, but her quality of life had become incredibly poor and she was clearly suffering. Anyone who met Olive fell in love with her immediately, and even vet staff were crushed by her passing. Olive's mom, Christie, dad, Rich, and I were with her in her final moments reminding her how loved she is and that she would be in our hearts forever. There will never be another Olive. We feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to be her humans in her brief life. We thank you all for your unwavering love and support for Olive. She was just too special a being to remain on Earth. 

Posted on June 5, 2017

Posted on June 5, 2017

Hi friends! I wanted to give you an update on Olive's surgery and her recovery. She had her procedure on Friday, which lasted 85 minutes (she was under anesthesia for a total of 115 minutes). The surgery went well and, aside from very brief increase in blood pressure, Olive's breathing and vitals have been solid since then. She's had some neurological hurdles recovering from such an intense procedure, so she is still at VSEC being monitored and given top-notch veterinary care. Her surgeon and the neurologist are cautiously optimistic that Olive will make a full recovery after being given more time to recover and supportive care. Thank you all for your constant support and all the donations you gave to be able to give Olive this fantastic medical care. xo

Posted on May 19, 2017

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Posted on May 19, 2017

Hello again! Olive and I have some exciting news--we set a date for surgery! Our sweet girl goes for her reconstruction on Friday, June 2. Two weeks from today, we will hopefully have a patched up kitten with no complications. As always, we so appreciate your support, donations, and well wishes. I promise to send another update while Olive is recovering. xo

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