An Adopted Tabby’s New Lease on Life
Roya E. and Gyan H. of Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted a
cat. So they did what many animal lovers do-they went to their local shelter to
adopt an adult animal in need of a home. They fell in love with an orange
tabby, and named him "Chester" (he had previously been called "Cheetoh," but
they thought he looked more like a "Chester"). On January 30, 2012-Chester's
adoption day-his life changed forever.
The ICU staff saw that
Chester was having
trouble sleeping with the bright lights
all the tests, so they made an eye mask
help him relax.
He also received round-the-clock care.
Roya and Gyan noticed right away that Chester didn't seem to play like a
young cat would. He had little energy, his breathing was not quite right, and
his body also had an unusual shape. After a few trips to the veterinarian it was
discovered that Chester had a diaphragmatic hernia (a tear in the diaphragm)
that caused his internal organs-stomach, small intestines, liver, spleen-to
move into his chest, which affected his breathing. Because he also had a healed
pelvic fracture, it was thought that Chester had been hit by a car.
Chester today, healthy and happy
They drove Chester from Canada to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
where Dr. Might told them about the risks and benefits of having surgery to
correct the diaphragmatic hernia. He also told them that the surgery would cost
between $3,000 and $4,000. As graduate students, that kind of surgery seemed
financially out of reach. Dr. Might realized they would need help, so he told
us about the Good Samaritan Fund. Roya and Gyan received $1000 to partially
pay for Chester's medical expenses, which ended up totaling nearly $5000.
"Our doctors were amazing," said Roya. "They worked harder than we could have hoped they would to save Chester. We definitely owe his life to them and all of the staff in the ICU."