Harriet (1 year old) was admitted to us after a member of the public
contacted us because she was a stray which had just given birth in his shed and two of the kittens had passed away, she had one surviving kitten. Harriet was vet checked at the centre as she had signs of infection post birth, our vet believed she may have a remaining dead kitten inside her, so she was admitted to the vets for emergency treatment.
On further vet examination our vet suspected she may have an injured pelvis and she was put under anaesthetic for an x-ray. The x-ray revealed something totally unexpected, Harriet had a diaphragmatic hernia, this is a hole in the diaphragm between the chest cavity and the abdomen, as a result of this her abdominal organs were in her chest cavity. Whilst under GA Harriet started to go into respiratory failure, our vet contacted us for permission to perform lifesaving surgery. The surgery was risky and the odds weren’t in Harriet’s favour but she proved herself to be a fighter and pulled through but she wasn’t out of the woods yet. She had to spend 48 hours in an oxygen tent
recovering, before being well enough to be reunited with her kitten Harry who was being bottle fed by the vet nurses to give him the best chance for survival too.
After a worrying few days, Harriet was well enough to leave the vets and return to our care. She is now happily settled in her pen with Harry, she still has some way to go to full recovery but she is now over the worse. We are currently trying to find Harriet’s owner and have set up a just giving appeal to help with her vets cost which are going to be around £500.
Any funds raised over and above those need for Harriet will be used for the benefit of other cats in our care.
Thank you very much for your support.