UPDATE: Thanksgiving weekend, Pancake came down with the most spectacular case of Ringworm I have seen in 20 years, so we had to cancel the surgery appointment and treat her first. It took several medications to get the fungus under control. Meanwhile, I was syringe feeding her, praying her mouth would remain open enough for me to do so. On 1/28, she got her surgery by a specialist in NJ, who removed one TMJ joint and freed up the other. She is recovering well and is now able to eat and drink on her own!!!
I know many of you saw the posts about Pancake, a darling calico Persian kitten in desperate need of assistance.
Pancake has a rare condition in which a jaw injury (she’s a very active, and not 100% accurate, jumper) heals so aggressively that the bones fuse, and it gets harder and harder for her to open her mouth. Her owner, Merissa Lucas, noticed that Pancake was sticking her face in the dish, but wasn’t getting any of the food. So she rushed her to the vet, who diagnosed this problem. And Merissa started syringe feeding her, the only way to get nutrients into her, as her mouth opening got smaller and smaller and smaller. So small, that eventually, even syringe feeding wouldn’t be possible and poor Pancake would starve to death. The vet recommended euthanasia. But Merissa and her family just couldn’t bear to put this darling baby to sleep.
To the rescue: Margarete Ziemer of Persian Rescue of Virginia. Amazingly, Margarete has access to a renowned maxillofacial surgeon who has helped her save two other Persians with the same rare condition.
The problem: Pancake was in North Dakota. And the surgeon is in New Jersey.
That’s when the miracles really started happening! Rescuer Ellen Schneider volunteered to make the flight to bring Pancake cross-country, and she started networking. Linda Bradt Bartley began spreading the word to the cat fancy. And Pancake gained another angel as CFA judge Liz Watson donated 102,000 of her personal frequent flier miles to get Pancake to rescue!
The Persian Rescue Network, Inc., donated the money for the rest of the transport expenses, Dallas kitty-lover Ruth of Delta Airlines helped make Pancake’s trip easier, and PRN transport director Marianne Barrett covered the distance from the Philly airport to PRVA, and Pancake is now safely with Margarete awaiting her surgery!
Please be part of Pancake’s miracle! Her surgery will cost $4000. Your Paypal donation to [email protected] will help, so please open your heart.
For people who want to mail a paper check: Please make out to Margarete Ziemer, and put "rescue Pancake" in the memo line. Mail to: Persian Rescue of Virginia, Attn: Sine Nomine Associates, PO Box 1241, Berryville, VA 22611.