(After the Oscars each year, we try to
name a rescue baby after the best actor and actress. Meet little "Denzel".
(Denzel has a brand new Mom waiting for him to
recover and come home to her! Louise at Beeechcmbr@aol.com has renamed this
precious baby boy "Grady"!
This baby was filthy when he came in from the mills of Mo. He has a
heart murmur. It sounds like a grade 5-6. We think he is about 11 weeks old..and
were told he is not growing. They were overheard in a vets office, planning to
take him home and "putting him down the old fashioned way." When our volunteer
asked, she was told...it meant with a hammer. We paid $75.00 to rescue
cleaned up well. We are scheduled to go to Texas A&M with him, next week. He
is too little for the coil tecnique and will have to have the crack the chest
open surgery.:( He only weighs 2.1 pounds.
We know he has "A Beautiful Mind",
and now...we just have to give him a beautiful heart, as well. I don't know how,
but this will be the 11th Heart Murmur surgery we have done. God will provide
for him. I know He will.
UPDATE April 2, 2002
We have a slight change
in plans. Since this baby is too small for the coil procedure at Texas A&M,
we are going to do the crack-the-chest open procedure in Oklahoma City. He goes
in on Wednesday morning at 9:30 and will have surgery on Thursday. This is the
same board certified surgeon who did this surgery for us, and they are giving us
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More as it becomes
Well folks, yesterday was a
whirlwind. I drove two hours to OKC, and there baby Grady had an ultrasound
which did indeed show a PDA.
Internist Dr. Hammond, (on the right) examines baby
Next, I met with the surgeon to discuss the surgery. You guys, the
surgeon was up front with me and that, I appreciate. Baby Grady weighs only 2
pounds. The surgeon has only done this surgery only five times in his career on
a two pound baby. The surgeon felt Grady had a better chance for survival if I
brought him on to Texas A&M. Yesterday afternoon, Grady and I rushed back to
Tulsa, I ran in the house, threw a few things in a bag, and Dale rushed us to
the airport. We arrived in Austin, Texas late last night at 10:15 P.M., and
arrived at A&M, this morning at 10:30.
4th Year Vet Student, Liz, examines
The eyes tell the story. You guys, I
need to tell you. This baby is VERY, VERY ill. He does not move. He cannot stand
without being held. He has no body fat AT all. I told them I will sacrifice
myself and donate...go get a needle and hook me right on up. I only wish it were
that simple. When you hold him, you can feel his internal organs through a very
thin layer of skin.
I could KICK myself for not just taking him right on
to A&M to start with. I will not make this mistake again. We have raised
$1400.00 for his surgery. If he had been able to have it in OKC, we could have
made it. Now we have trip expenses and a higher vet bill. I am so
Grady will have surgery sometime tomorrow, Friday, April 5. They
are going to have to work him in so we do not have a time yet. PLEASE....pray
for him. I get scared everytime...but this one is VERY FRAGILE.
I will send
the camera into surgery with him. If he makes it, it truly will be a God thing.
More as it happens. Love,
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