Help Baby Walk Again!
Baby was taken from a horrific situation by someone who was determined to find out what had happened to her when her elderly owner collapsed and was taken away by ambulance. She and a couple of neighbors went to the man’s house, where they found a poor, pathetic Golden laying in her own feces and urine, unable to walk. She was barely alive and covered in all sorts of filth. Her nails were over two inches long and curled under, apparently not having been clipped in years.
Our “heroine” took Baby home and spent hours bathing her and trying to clean her up. She discovered that Baby’s hind legs were useless. She couldn’t walk and would attempt to move herself around the house on her front legs while dragging the rest of her body behind her. Several people, including a vet, told her that the best thing she could do was to bring Baby to Animal Control and have her euthanized, however, being persistent, she refused to consider this possibility, so she sought help from EGRR.
A thorough examination at Clint Moore, including blood work and x-rays revealed no reason to put our girl to sleep. X-rays showed that her hips and spine were in terrible condition, so off she went to visit Dr. Jon Dee, an orthopedist in Hollywood. Dr. Jon felt her primary condition was neurological, so he recommended she be examined by Dr. Wong, a neurologist in South Miami.
We discussed a variety of diagnostic/treatment issues with Dr. Wong, and we settled on a rehab program with Dr. Joyce Loeser. Baby lived with Dr. Loeser for a few weeks. getting daily therapy, which included laser treatments, acupuncture, underwater treadmills, massages, and a variety of muscle building exercises to help her walk.
The most amazing news of all is that, after only a week, Baby was walking on her own. She needed help getting up, but once up, she was walking and supporting her own weight! We are all hopeful that she will continue to make progress in the coming weeks and months.
She has been released from living at Dr. Loeser’s office, and two wonderful foster moms are sharing the task of taking her to her thrice weekly therapy sessions and caring for her during the rest of the week.
As you can imagine, this therapy is extremely expensive and Baby has a very long way to go. So, once again, EGRR finds itself turning to our members and the public for help. You can help by making a donation on Baby’s behalf, using either your PayPal account or credit card.
You can also donate by mailing a check to EGRR Treasurer, 1003 Leisure Lane, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.
Please note our new mailing address for all correspondence:
1003 Leisure Lane
Boynton Beach, FL 33426-4346
Spring 2013 Newsletter Is Finally Here!
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Mark Your Calendar
The next EGRR Open Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at Kara’s house in Coral Springs. There will be a light supper served and the meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. Coral Springs is very centrally located, so Broward and Palm Beach County people should find this meeting easy to attend.
For directions and to RSVP contact Kara at email@example.com