UPDATE, FRIDAY SEPT 7, 3PM.
AMBROSIA HAS PASSED.
From what I think I heard through the tears, they found that her heart had been terribly weakened through the neglect. Once they had cleared one side of her lung via Tuesday’s surgery, they could see her heart. After an ultrasound and a cardio exam – it was determined that her heart was not strong enough for her to have any quality of life upon her recovery. The decision was made to let her pass comfortably and not endure the recovery process when there was no hope for her.
We are all devastated.
She knew love and she felt immensely better after her surgery. However, her heart was damaged beyond repair.
I have stopped the Bucket Fund. All funds thus far will go towards Ambrosia’s medical fees.
I am so sorry for Theresa who stood by Ambrosia’s side. I’m sorry for all of us who felt such hope when we saw the recent light in Ambrosia’s eyes.
If any of you would like your funds to be returned to you – I am happy to do so. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can use your donation to help pay her medical fees, or we can return it. No worries.
Mostly good news!
(If you are new to our September Bucket Fund Story, click here for the details. In short, this young, abandoned and neglected mare needs the same surgery our daughter, Katarina, had this summer. Our daughter is recovering well! And, luckily, she could tell us how she felt before, during and after her illness. Because of this, I know how a patient with this kind of pleurisy feels – and I know it can be cured. I have great empathy for this mare.)
Luckily for Ambrosia, BHFER had enough pledges to move forward with her first surgery on her right lung. This life saving surgery was to remove the abscesses and gunk trapped behind her ribs where antibiotics could not travel – the same surgery Katarina had…
Ambrosia’s surgery yesterday was successful except for a small oxygen lung leak which was immediately repaired.
But, so far, so good. They were able to close the weak tissue.
All in all, the surgeons removed 10lbs of gunk.
It has to feel better without that massive infection pustule in there…
After the surgery on just one side, Ambrosia was breathing at 60% of capacity today!
She’s eating and drinking…
The other bit of news is that the surgeons had to remove almost all of her infected rib.
That had to hurt.
I know that when my father lost a rib (due to a heart condition), he was in severe pain … until it healed. He had no choice.
Yup. The price of health. Fixing it hurts.
But, Ambrosia is a trooper and the girl keeps powering through it all and improving.
The vets and surgeons all say Ambrosia has an amazing attitude! She keeps rolling with it all and she lets them do what they need to do without fussing.
Clearly, she is not out of the woods… she needs to gain strength to endure the surgery on the other lung.
So, they are all watching her closely and supporting her needs – in hopes that she continues to improve.
ONE MORE LUNG TO GO…
Ambrosia needs the other abscesses and nastiness to be removed from her left lung as soon as possible – to prevent the infection from taking over. Most likely this will happen once she has recovered from yesterday’s surgery.
The Bucket Fund is raising funds for her left lung surgery and the aftercare.
THE SURGERY AND HOW IT FEELS…
All I can tell you is that when our daughter had this surgery – the exact same surgery except she didn’t lose a rib – afterwards she was in dire pain, but she felt so much better because she didn’t feel like she couldn’t breathe.
She didn’t feel like she was suffocating anymore.
So for me, even though this surgery is scary and expensive, it makes all the difference.
Having the surgery gives the patient a feeling of relief. Even though it hurts like heck, the suffocation is gone. And that is huge!
For me, I feel that Ambrosia is doing so well in spite of the pain because she actually feels better – If you can believe that…
I think this surgery pain is better than the feeling of drowning
From what my daughter said, she would take any pain over feeling like she couldn’t get air.
I will keep you posted.
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