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Liberty and Shirley Appeal for Lily’s Kitchen Smooth Paté

You may have been following our two kittens Liberty and Shirley. Both kittens have been fighting hard to get back to health with support from Northcote Veterinary Surgery and the team of volunteers giving round the clock care at BCWR and Sanctuary.

Both of these kittens are eating Lily’s Kitchen Smooth Paté to help support them nutritionally as they heal, grow and give them lots of energy. If anyone would like to support these two kittens please see our wishlist for Black Furriday deals.

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Here are Liberty and Shirley’s stories below:

Liberty ♥

Liberty underwent surgery for her lifesaving care recently and we launched Liberty’s Lifeline Appeal to help fundraise for the cost of this surgery.

The surgery involved opening the abdominal cavity, locating the shunting vessel which was rather a challenge as it was burried under layers of tissue and closing this vessel to re-direct its blood through the liver.Closure of the vessel must be carried out in a slow and gradual manner.

This is achieved by the placement of a cellophane band around the vessel. The band causes the gradual closure of the shunting vessel over a four to six week period. This gradual closure allows the previously under-used blood vessels within the liver time to develop without producing an excessively high blood pressure within the portal vein (portal hypertension).

Liberty was diagnosed with a portosystemic liver shunt just 10 days ago. This was detected by a specialist ultrasound scan. A portosystemic liver shunt is a blood vessel anomaly that results in blood from the abdominal organs (small bowel, large bowel, stomach, etc.) being diverted to the heart and bypassing the liver. This means that toxins are not filtered out by the liver and in essence Liberty was poisoning herself.

She was suffering with seizures due to the toxins and has never thrived due to her not absorbing nutrients… and our last hope was this dangerous liver shunt.Unfortunately this surgery carries huge risks both during the surgery and for 72 hours after surgery too. The surgery itself went really well however post surgical complications are often fatal.

24 hours following surgery Liberty is doing really well and so fat has had no complications… just another 48 hours constant monitoring to go to get her out of the dangerzone. Huge thanks to the amazing team at Northcote Veterinary Surgery and the amazingly skilled and talented surgeon Dr. Roger Wilkinson who came in to do the surgery.We are still fundraising to cover the cost of Liberty’s surgery. The surgery itself cost £1200, the pre surgery diagnostic scan was around £300 and post operative care and scans are estimated around £500 if there are no complications.

Shirley ♥

We rescued little Shirley from a household waste site in Bradford. She was hypothermic, dehydrated, barely alive, was likely bitten by a rat on her head and fell down a 30 ft shaft. Shirley is still very fragile and remains on intensive care on our Critical Care Ward.