Reconstructing Olive

For: The Philly Kitty Rescue
Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Holly Dixon
$11,508
of $14,000 goal.
Raised by 318 donors
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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 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

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

Posted on May 9, 2017

Posted on May 9, 2017

We are well overdue on an Olive update!! My apologies, we're preparing to move, so things around here have become incredibly chaotic. We wanted to thank everyone for the continued support for Olive and let everyone know that we're waiting to hear back from the surgeon about a date for surgery in late May or early June. Olive is doing fantastically! She is growing like a weed and her purr is louder than ever. She wanted me to share this photo of her decorating my newly cleaned tub with kitten footprints. She sends all her love and sloppy kitten kisses to everyone who has donated or shared this fundraiser. We cannot thank you enough! xo

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