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Ella's surgery bills

Update on 9/5: Six weeks after her accident, Ella is now wandering the house and leaping up on beds and bunks and other things that need cat hair on them. She has a limp, which is probably permanent, but she's not letting that stop her. Read the full update here.

Update on 8/1: Ella is doing well! Anne got a second opinion from a surgeon, who said this type of pelvic fracture would heal better without surgery than with surgery. Ella's leg has moved back into the correct alignment, and she's getting feeling back in the leg. Anne is keeping Ella confined to a large dog crate during the day to prevent her from leaping or running and worsening the fracture. It will take four to six weeks for Ella to heal, and she'll need several more vet visits, but if things keep going as they have been, she won't need surgery.

I'll be posting Anne's updates later today. For now, you can read them directly on her Facebook.

The amazing outpouring of support you all have shown Ella enabled Anne to get a second opinion that she otherwise wouldn't have been able to get. She says, "I don't have to go with 'if it was my cat I wouldn't bother.'" It's also covering vet visits, painkillers, and all the other things that an extended injury brings. Anne isn't going to make a final reckoning until Ella is well and truly out of the woods, but right now, it looks like your donations will more than cover the rest of Ella's care.

Thank you all so much. Your generosity on behalf of Miss Ella is wondrous and staggering. As a personal friend of the little grey lady, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.





This is Ella.
Ella in the fullness of her dignity

Over the course of many, many months of love and care, my friend Anne took her from this...
Ella hates you all

...to this.
Ella pettings
Ella dawwww kitty

On Thursday night, Ella came home dragging herself by her forelegs. Anne rushed her to the emergency animal hospital. This is Ella's pelvis...
Ella's pelvis

...which is not supposed to look like that.

It will cost $1500 to $4500 to get medical care for Ella's broken pelvis--$1500 to amputate her leg, $4500 to pin the bone and save her leg. Anne just got hit with a ton of bills and doesn't have enough to cover either operation. Please, donate whatever you can to help save Ella's leg. (Or send a check if you don't want to use Wepay. Message me for the name and address.) Every little bit helps.

And if you can't donate, please repost. Friends-of-friends have already been a huge help.


Donations are now more than enough to cover Ella's medical expenses. Thank you all so, so much.

If you want to link to or repost this from any other platform, please do. Thank you to those of you who are getting the word out, and many, many thanks to those who have donated.

Send questions about donations to morgansong, who's handling the fundraising for Anne. She can no longer accept Paypal donations because Paypal is having issues. Crisis averted.

Updates on Ella's condition and photos are in the comments: Sunday evening, Tuesday morning, and Tuesday evening. She's hanging in there. Brave little kitty. We've raised $1,548 $2,178 so far*--and by "us," I mean all of us, those who've donated and those who've spread the word. Thank you all so, so much. The kindness of strangers has been wonderful. The Internet has made the world a smaller place, and sometimes, it's a smaller, better place.

* $1,771.45 from Wepay and $406.16 from Paypal.

Comments

issendai
Jul. 24th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Sunday update about Ella
On Sunday, Anne wrote:

We're in a bit of a holding pattern for the moment. The vet has contacted surgeons but has not heard back from them yet. I did talk to her some more about the fact that she hasn't pooped since Thursday although she has peed in the litter box. I did get some canned pumpkin into her and will give her some more before I go to bed tonight. She has been moving around a little and using her good rear leg to hop around on so I'm a little less worried. Ella is still pretty doped up but I give her the last of her painkillers in a few hours. I'll be getting something else from the vet tomorrow but she'll spend most of the day unmedicated. She does have some loss of feeling in the leg so we may have to wait to see if it comes back before doing any surgery. The vet did reassure me that we do have time to figure everything out before operating on anything. At this point I just keep moving forward and hoping for the best. I'm going to sleep for at least part of the night with Ella because she likes having me there and I don't like her being alone all the time.

Thank you all again for donating, reposting, and keeping Ella in your thoughts.
issendai
Jul. 24th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: Sunday update about Ella
Ella on Sunday

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