FRANKIE.. LIKE FRANKENSTEIN
Do you ever dream?
What are your most precious dreams? A new car? A bigger house? Winning the lottery? Better health? Happiness?
What if your biggest dream was simply to be able to walk..?
We gave Frankie this name because when we first saw her — we confess — we thought of Frankenstein. Please watch this short video paying extra attention to the kitten’s hind legs to understand what we mean.
Yes, you eyes are not lying, there is something not quite right about the way Frankie has been ‘assembled’.
Because she is walking on her knees..
IS THERE HOPE?
We entrusted the little cat to the care of a vet team we’ve successfully been working with for years.
According to the specialists there is hope for Frankie, yes.
Frankie has a congenital neuro-muscular problem, causing hyperextension of the joints and pulling her legs around in such a crazy way that she is stepping on her knees. In doing that she is rubbing the skin raw, and — unlike paraplegic animals who don’t control or sense their hind body — Frankie is feeling every second of the pain caused by the abrasions.
A series of surgeries can restore the proper function of the legs, starting with an operation to release the muscles and install external positional fixation. Next after a period of observation would be arhtrodesis of the wrists, just like the procedure that saved Pearly’s leg, which will permanently secure the joints at the correct angle — and with a lot of professional skill, plenty of TLC and a small amount of luck — Frankie will walk.
Frankie has a future if we can secure the funds for the series of surgeries and rehabilitation her legs need.
The decision, as always, is yours. And ours of course but we’ve already taken ours.
We ask you to please look into these eyes, full of everything cat and running and jumping and climbing and chasing and all the bright tomorrows, and tell us — could we have looked the other way?
We don’t know if animals dream.
We are certain, however, that little kittens must be able to walk. And run, and jump, and chase.. Please help that simple dream come true for Frankie.
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