Kitten Receives Life Saving Surgery
Kitten abandoned outside MHS requires specialized surgery after rubber band tied around her waist
September 1, 2016
A homeless kitten has been given a second chance at life thanks to the lifesaving work of a veterinarian at MHS.
The kitten, now named Barbie, was found in a box outside of the MHS Mackey Center for Animal Care. MHS staff discovered her with a rubber band wrapped tightly around her abdomen, causing her body to grow irregularly. Had this been left untreated, she likely would not have survived as she grew.
“There was only enough room for her urethra and colon to pass through, but there was no room for any other organs,” said Dr. Amy Koppenhoefer, MHS shelter veterinarian. “I knew that the surgery was going to be difficult so I consulted with a surgical specialist.”
Dr. Koppenhoefer took Barbie to the Animal Surgical Center of Michigan, where she was able to get advice from Dr. Degner, as well as a special collagen mesh to repair Barbie’s abdomen.
“Barbie’s surgery was very specialized and difficult, but these types of surgeries are not uncommon at MHS,” said David Williams, MHS Chief Operations Officer. “We see animals come to us from a wide variety of situations, and many need to have specialized surgeries to ensure they will be happy, healthy and ready to find their forever homes. Our veterinarians are top-notch and it’s because of their skills and donations from the public that we are able to save so many animal lives.”
In 2015, MHS veterinarians performed nearly 1,000 specialized surgeries, and so far in 2016, they have performed more than 500. Barbie’s surgery was successful, and she quickly found a loving home.