Someone sent an urgent message, alone, in the dark, struggling to eat with her injured mouth, there was a female kitty barely managing to stay alive. The letter said she was emaciated, a group of people had been feeding her but she was injured on the head and she was getting much worst.
Accompanying those words there was a picture…. the picture had terribly quality but it spoke volumes.
We had to do something… We organised her rescue.
She was terrified, hissing and puffing, trying to look big and strong when her skin was hanging all around her due to her extreme emaciation and dehydration and she could barely stand upright. It took some gentle convincing but in the end we managed to catch her and rushed her to our clinic.
What we found was far more that we had bargained for…
This video describes in all detail Candy´s condition and our efforts to save her.
At this stage we don´t know what has happened to her and why her face is riddled with holes. It could be a number of bad bites that have turned into an infectious nightmare, it could be something else.. we don´t know. But what we know Candy´s only chance is to fight this massive infection that is threatening to shut down her entire system.
Candy is currently in intensive care under 24 x 7 observation.
She is eating very well, which is always a very good sign. What happens from here it´s unknown, it will mostly depend on her and wether her system reacts to all the help we are going to give her.
Once we looked into Candy´s eyes there was no way we could walk out on her.
Candy is putting up a massive fight, and we are going to be right by her side at all times..
Today I spent over an hour at our clinic, standing in front of our vets, watching the heartbreaking process of cleaning Candy´s wounds.
After all this years my levels of tolerance are not beyond those of “normal” people… still… I was tearing up most of the times.
We, at Let´s Adopt! Global do our absolute best for each one of our rescues, but some, because of their personal story, personalities, or, as in Candy´s case, extreme frailty, really get to us.
Allow me to share these emotions. Please Watch through to the end…
Her condition remains grave, but I feel this comparison picture shows that progress is being made in her treatment…
September 3… The biopsy…
At first we didn´t know what to make of the hardened mass on Candy´s left cheek. It could be just a massive abscess hardened by the infection, or it could be something else. There was clearly something there but we just couldn´t know without doing a biopsy, problem is, Candy was too weak to be fully anesthesized.
After a week of antibiotic treatment we are seeing some improvements but on the other hand it´s not the evolution we hoped, so we have done a biopsy to be sent to the lab immediately…
Thank you for standing by Candy´s side in this critical times…
Candy has left us…
Last week biopsy showed that the mass on Candy´s cheek wasn´t a tumor. Instead it was some kind of massive abscess that, in theory, could be responsive to treatment or even surgery, but before agreeing on such a course we needed to understand exactly how far it reached into Candy´s head. We needed to understand…
To do this we performed a CT Scan that would give us a perfect understanding of what we were fighting against.
The picture shown has been a devastating one.
Candy had Osteomielitis caused by a chronic infection. Her injuries were caused by incisive punctures, probably bites, but they were affected by a super-pathogen that set out to devour, literally, everything that found in its path.
The images showed something that was affecting the nasal conducts and that had already begun to penetrate her brain. They showed something that we couldn´t fight against. Had we found Candy in the beginning we could have saved her but not after having found her in such advanced stage.
It the heaviest of heart, our entire medical team, without a doubt, the best vets I´ve ever had the chance to work with, we decided to give Candy a compassionate death, euthanasia in the purest of senses, given only after having exhausted each and every possibility.
We are truly, deeply sorry…
Rest in Peace for eternity Little Candy… We´ll never forget you.