9 Week old "Marcie", has a
heart murmor...her whole chest vibrates... She was a "broker reject" from the
mills of Mo. She weighs 4 pounds..barely big enough for the miracle surgery! In
case you don't know about the miracle surgery, click here!
Small Paws® Rescue:Bungee Goes to Texas A&M Vet
They make a tiny incision, and go in through the femoral artery,
and under anethesia, and watching through a tiny video camera, they send a tiny
coil up there...sending a blood clot to the heart, thus filling in the hole!
(the murmor) It is permanent and will give Marcie a normal life, and a normal
lifespan! Without it, she may not make it to 6 months old....
arrive at Texas A&M for the initial consult. If everything goes well, she
will have the surgery on Thursday, and we will start for home, on
has "Room Service" for dinner....I REFUSE to look into her eyes..nope...not
me..I ain't gonna do it..no way..no how... "DON'T LOOK AT ME, I AM NOT GOING TO
LOOK AT YOU!"...(too late...I looked..I am a goner)
(Marcie is being treated by the Texas A&M Veterinary School in
College Station,Texas. 979-845-2351 )
Oh Man...I didn't think Marcie was that bad..she seemed
normal to me..I almost felt guilty..taking her for surgery now, before she
seemed really sick from this murmor.....then this morning, at the motel, she
started coughing..I thought "Kennel cough"?
THANK GOD we got her here
now..she is in congestive heart failure..., and her lungs were filling with
fluid..she was starting to drown in her own fluid...and also had to be supported
with oxygen, today. Here she being examined with senior vet student Karen
tell by the look on Karens face..something was not right...
Here is our baby Marcie,
with Dr. Sonjia Gordon D.V.M.DVSc., the Cardiologist..who along with Dr. Miller,
saved our baby Bungee, and our other two babies...When she told me on the
phone,that Marcie was indeed in congestive heart failure, and had been started
on lasix..I couldn't believe it...and then when she said that they had been
supporting Marcie with oxygen all afternoon,...I screamed "OXYGEN!!!???WHAT??!"
It seems that Marcie had started going downhill, just as of this morning...
And to think...I had actually thought about waiting until after Thanksgiving to
bring her here...(to let our bank account recover a bit)...oh man..I am so glad
I brought her...this was one of those "God" things, I think.
Today, after an
echocardiogram, it was determined that Marcie does have a PDA (The kind of heart
murmor they can fix), and she is scheduled to be first..tomorrow morning...at
around 8:00 A.M. I will be waiting in the waiting room, for them to come and
tell me it is over, and everything is ok. Dr. Gordon, reminded me that Marcie's
viens, may be too small, for the video cathater...(She is barely at the minimum
weight of 4 pounds) if her veins are too small..she will have to go into regular
surgery on Friday..the crack-the-chest-open kind of surgery.:(
pray..Marcie really needs to get this non invasive kind of precedure. More
I CAN'T BELIEVE I ALMOST WAITED FOR 2 WEEKS TO BRING HER
Thanks to all of you guys, and the staff at Texas A&M Vet
School, Marcie's surgery is over and she is doing just FINE! LOOK at the
Marcie's surgery...on the monitor. See the little wire with the coil?
Marcie was a "one coiler"...it only took one coil, to form a clot, large enough
to fix the hole!
Here she is, under the anethesia...see those little puppies on the
Here she is wakin up...I think those people enjoy their
record her vitals, after surgery..
Tomorro, we do another echo
cardiogram, to see how things look...More tomorrow!
Marcie was discharged from the hospital, today! SHe is perfectly
healthy now! Here she is saying goodbye to the doctors...
The soft Elizabethan collar, is to
prevent her from licking her stitch. That's her bear, beside her.
These are her discharge papers.
At first, they though that she had a secondary problem..called pulmonic
stenosis...but then..it just disappeared!:) See where she was in heart failure,
and needed oxygen., when she first got there? WHEW!
Marcie is playing..in high
gear....man..I hope she lets me get some sleep tonight..she is WOUND UP..she
feels SOOOO good!
If you would like to help with Marcie's surgery, you
may do so by credit card...just click here.
If you would like to mail a check, the
Small Paws® Rescue Inc.
3316 S. 72nd. W.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74107