Baby Satchmo's Heart
MEDICAL EMERGENCY September 9, 2002
Satchmo was rescued yesterday from a puppy mill auction.
Satchmo is 16 weeks old today. He has a heart murmur and sounds as if he is already "wet"...(congestion on the lungs) He is still and does not move. I am worried. Please pray.
We have an emergency appointment for him tomorrow morning at 11:00 A.M. at Texas A&M University Vet School We have successfully done this procedure 11 times before.
Small Paws® Rescue: The Heart Murmur Reunion Page
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation for Satchmo's heart surgery you may do it here. Please pray. I am worried for this one.
Update September 10, 2002 4:30 P.M.
A kind stranger at the Dallas airport holds Satchmo for you to see. This is another one of those that I felt I had to keep checking to see if he was still with me. (Satchmo...not the stranger.) The eyes tell the story. He does not feel one bit good and is very lethargic.
Satchmo barely had his eyes open most of the trip down. He only wanted to sleep.
We made it to Texas A&M with one live puppy. 4th year vet student, Emily, takes a history on baby Satchmo. Cardiologist Dr. Matt Miller will be the one in charge on this one.
I feel relieved when I walk through those sliding doors of the Small Animal Clinic and hand these babies off to someone who knows what they are doing. At that time I feel like I have done all I can do. It is up to them...and God what happens now. More news as it becomes available.
5:15 P.M.
I just got the call from the vet school! It IS a PDA and they ARE going to try to coil him tomorrow at 2:00 P.M.! The coil technique is a much less invasive procedure. If he is too small to coil (If they successfully do it, he will be the smallest coil recipient ever at Texas A&M!)...they will take him through the double doors to surgery for the crack the chest open procedure. Please pray for this baby...he just worries me. More later as it becomes available.
UPDATE!!!! 9/11/02 5:20 P.M.
They coiled Satchmo and he made it!!!! He is in ICU recouping now! Pics and more to follow later tonight!! Thank you GOD! He made it!!! They made history today, coiling the first THREE pounder ever!!
Update 9/11/02/10:00 P.M.
Cardiologist, Dr. Matt Miller, the doctor who perfected this technique at Texas A&M, performs the smallest coiling ever at Texas A&M on THREE pounder, our baby Satchmo!
After surgery, Satchmo is warmed with something called a Bair Hugger. It is a warmer blanket with hot air blowing off of it.
In ICU afterwards...
I hope if I ever have anything wrong with me. that I would get 1/2 the care that these doctors, vet techs and students give to our heart murmur babies. You would just have to see it to believe it how impressive it all is. They treat them like the precious little souls they are...and we are ever so grateful!
I may take Satchmo home tomorrow! More later as we know it!
Update September 12, 2002 6:00 P.M.
I had hoped ot go home today! I'm flying "stand-by" and all flights back to Tulsa were booked today so I will go home in the morning.
Satchmo was released from the vet school this morning...and the only prolem is...his energizer battery is turned up to 100 now that he feels good! Here he isssss! He thanks you for ALL fixing his heart!
"Hab you seen my toy?"
"That's it...gib it to me..."
"It's MY toy....
and it needs KILLIN'!"
We head for home tomorrow morning!