We are coming to you with hopes of a Christmas miracle for a kitten currently in the ER fighting for her life! See all updates on her medical fundraiser here!
UPDATED: December 29, 2021
Update #1: December 20
Bobbie was hit by a car and sustained multiple injuries, but has an incredible will to survive! On Friday, Dec. 17, she was brought to Blue Pearl emergency room, doctors found several medical challenges. Her tail had been skinned and will require amputation once she’s well enough. She was suffering from a collapsed lung, not getting enough oxygen to the brain, and suffered a seizure. Because of the trauma, and the pain affecting her appetite, her bloodwork was dangerously outside of normal limits. The triage specialists got to work immediately, to slowly and careful correct each of her many battles.
Bobbie is pictured here in an incubator at RAWC before she was taken to Blue Pearl. Please consider donating to help us cover Bobbie’s medical expenses. We are estimating they will be $3,000-$4,000. If you’re only able to give $5, it adds up! And if you’re unable to give at this time, maybe someone you know can! Please share Bobbie’s story with your friends!
Update #2: December 20 – Bobbie continues to fight and improve!
By Saturday (Dec. 18) morning, Bobbie was impressing all of her doctors, as she is a fighter! The air on the outside of her lung has not come back, so the air on the inside of her lungs has stayed where it should be! Her updated bloodwork reveals that she is responding wonderfully to treatment, and resolving back to normal ranges. Now that they’ve checked to make sure we have air in the right places, and not in the wrong places, they have noticed that she has some damage (pneumonia or contusions from the trauma) on her actual lungs, so she is still oxygen dependent. She’ll need increased levels of oxygen while her lungs heal.
She does not appear to be suffering any long-term neurologic damage and she is slowly starting to eat on her own! This tiny girl is making incredible progress in such a short amount of time!By that evening her vitals were getting closer to normal. She was sitting up and was much brighter and interactive than the morning. Later, we received another update that she was walking around and eating and was breathing comfortably in her oxygen chamber. She was also tolerating her nebulization and being a sweetheart to staff!
Please consider donating to help us cover Bobbie’s medical expenses. We are estimating they will be $3,000-$4,000. If you’re only able to give $5, it adds up! And if you’re unable to give at this time, maybe someone you know can. Please share Bobbie’s story with your friends!
Medical Fundraiser Update #3: December 21
Saturday night, Bobbie was closely monitored and continued receiving plenty of meds and TLC overnight. The next morning (Dec. 19), she was still getting a bit winded and struggled when outside of her oxygen chamber, but after bing hit by a car, it’s to be expected.
Her lungs are healing! It is just taking time. She is being gradually weaned off oxygen. Her first stage of weaning off she was at 40% oxygen concentration and her breathing rate was normal with minimal increased effort. This was Sunday afternoon, she has come so far from Friday after being taken to the ER! Everyone is really impressed by her progress! She’s not yet ready to be at room air, but this was a step in the right direction.
Monday (Dec. 20) we received an update on the charges for Bobbie’s care. Her invoice was $3,557.45, with rescue discount. Please consider donating to help us cover Bobbie’s medical expenses. If you’re only able to give $5, it adds up! And if you’re unable to give at this time, maybe someone you know can. Please share Bobbie’s story with your friends!
Update #4: December 22
Bobbie gets excited when the staff at Blue Pearl interacts with her, and that is music to our ears! Monday (Dec. 20) her oxygen had been decreased to 30%, with room air being 21%, she was almost there! Another great update, Bobbie was eating on her own!
By yesterday morning (Dec. 21), Bobbie was officially declared stable enough to be discharged and we are now looking for a suitable foster for her! She will not require intensive care, just help getting her medicine and nose drops. Besides Bobbie’s lungs healing enough to be released from the hospital, we also received the news that her tail may be able to heal on its own without surgical correction. What a big win for Bobbie!
Bobbie’s story has touched many. Through our social media medical fundraisers, we’ve been able to raise $2,415! And that doesn’t even include the generous donations we’ve received through our website/PayPal! Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared to help us cover Bobbie’s medical expenses!
Update #5: December 29
Thank you to everyone who donated and shared Bobbie’s story.
Thursday, December 24, Bobbie had a setback. Her foster noticed she was having labored breathing and she was rushed back to the ER. We hoped this wouldn’t be too much for her tiny system.
New x-rays showed that her pneumonia had worsened and she was put on a higher powered antibiotic. We were hoping she’d turn back around after a night of resting in the oxygen chamber, letting her lungs rest and recover.
Sadly, Bobbie did not make it through. She was only 3 months old, fighting a mountain of complications after being hit by a car. We are so thankful for the staff at Blue Pearl. One of the vets commented to a board member that the whole nursing staff loved her and lavished her with care while she was there.
Through our various online medical fundraisers, we were able to raise more than $6,000 for Bobbie’s care, way beyond our original goal of $4,000. All additional funds over what was needed for Bobbie will go directly to helping the animals in need in our program. Thank you all again for your continued support in helping the homeless animals of Montgomery County.