This little four-legged miracle defies a rare heart disease.
«For the first few days of her life, she couldn’t stand on her paws. And we almost lost her. The other kittens pushed her away. My boyfriend and I checked on her every two hours to make sure she was eating,» Maggie explains.
«Often she could not eat and drank little. So I fed her with a syringe. She held on. »
A few weeks later it turned out that the kitten could hardly move her hind legs when walking. «We couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. But at the same time, she always tried to be active. »
Myrtle is noticeably shorter than her siblings. And she was the last to open her eyes.
It’s time for the first veterinary examination. The doctor found strong noises in the heart. It was necessary to show the kitten to a cardiologist.
«Then she was diagnosed with an open ductus arteriosus — a congenital heart defect in which the ductus arteriosus of a newborn does not overgrow after birth,» says Maggie.
«This rarely happens to cats. The cardiologist says it’s a miracle she’s still alive,» explains Marie Simard, founder of One Cat at a Time.
«The best solution for Myrtle’s long and wonderful life is surgery. We think Myrtle deserves this chance after everything she’s been through.»
On June 10, Myrtle underwent surgery at the age of almost four months, weighing only 750 g.
It was difficult to operate on such a small kitten. She almost died due to complications. But after a long struggle for life, she miraculously survived.