8/8 Update: Goal reached!
Beatrix arrived at our doors a few nights ago in critical condition from Bastrop. This two-month-old puppy had a diaphragmatic hernia, which is a birth defect where there is a hole in the diaphragm (the large muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen). Organs in the abdomen (such as intestines, stomach, and liver) can move through the hole in the diaphragm and upwards into the puppy's chest. Beatrix's was so severe that her entire liver, stomach, and some intestines were inside her chest cavity. Because of this, poor Beatrix could barely breathe without oxygen.
We had to take her into emergency surgery to repair this hernia, where she pulled through beautifully. We're now working to cover the funds for this complicated surgery. Little Beatrix is getting more stable by the minute but we'll continue to keep her on oxygen as we monitor her condition. Donate to our medical fund today if you can help us raise the money needed to cover her treatment. We're hopeful this strong little girl is going to make a full recovery!
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