Mary's lit­tle mir­a­cle with your help

Funds raised for puppy's spinal cord op­er­a­tion within three days of ap­pear­ing in CB­News

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By James Parkes

In just three days af­ter her story was pub­lished in CB­News, the owner of fluffy puppy Mary, Bon­nie Kinkead, has re­ceived do­na­tions to cover an op­er­a­tion that will al­low Mary to lead a 'nor­mal dog's life'.

Bon­nie wishes to thank all read­ers and as­so­ci­a­tions who have made the lit­tle mir­a­cle pos­si­ble.

BRI­TISH ex­pats liv­ing on the Costa Blanca have once again proved they have big hearts.

This time, the proof comes in the form a lovely lit­tle puppy by the name Mary and her own­ers Bon­nie and Adri­ana.

Read­ers will re­call how last week Costa Blanca News' Shel­ley Lid­dell re­ported on Mary's con­di­tion. Her lit­tle spine is like a roller-coaster and she hardly has any con­trol of her weak back legs.

An MRI scan con­firmed that Mary has hemiver­te­brae (a con­gen­i­tal ver­te­bral ab­nor­mal­ity). Five of her ver­te­brae are un­sta­ble and trap her spinal cord.

The con­di­tion is op­er­a­ble, but the in­ter­ven­tion costs €2,259.40. While Bon­nie and Adri­ana ex­pected to pay money af­ter adopt­ing her from La Nucía dog home, they al­ready have six res­cue dogs and are not fi­nan­cially pre­pared for the cost of the op­er­a­tion.

This is why they made a plea through Costa Blanca News and so­cial me­dia last week to gather funds to give Mary ' the nor­mal life she de­serves'.

Bon­nie and Adri­ana were aware of how much ex­pats love their pets, but what hap­pened over the week­end has left them speech­less with grat­i­tude.

Only a few hours af­ter the ar­ti­cle ap­peared in Costa Blanca News, Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing had raised al­most half the amount by plac­ing Mary's plea at the top of their Face­book en­tries and con­stantly call­ing for sup­port.

Do­na­tions to the pay­pal ac­count set up specif­i­cally for Mary started to flood in, and come Mon­day, Bon­nie ar­rived at our of­fices (where she works too) and proudly an­nounced that the tar­get had been reached - all within just three days!

But ex­pats' big hearts ex­ceeded all their ex­pec­ta­tions when she re­ceived a phone call from an anony­mous res­i­dent who of­fered to foot the en­tire bill af­ter reading the ar­ti­cle in last week's news­pa­per.

Of course Bon­nie gave her a huge thank you and told her this was no longer nec­es­sary - but it fur­ther boosted our trusts in our read­ers' al­tru­ism.

No doubt Mary's story found its way into our read­ers' hearts and on be­half of Bon­nie and Adri­ana, and all of us at Costa Blanca News we would like to give you all a big THANK YOU!

What hap­pens now

As soon as the tar­get was reached, Bon­nie and Adri­ana posted mes­sages on so­cial me­dia and via our web­site stat­ing so and ask­ing gen­er­ous ex­pats not to send in any more do­na­tions.

As they have been the main con­trib­u­tors to the cause, Bon- nie has de­cided that any funds re­ceived be­yond the €2,259.40 mark will be shared be­tween Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing and La Nucía dog shel­ter. In ad­di­tion if any­one wish to help them di­rectly look up or fol­low Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing on Face­book.

The vet­eri­nar­ian neu­ro­sur­geon in Pa­terna (Va­len­cia) will straighten her spine the best as pos­si­ble and they will hold it to­gether with screws to re­lease the spinal cord.

Of course this op­er­a­tion can­not be car­ried out im­me­di­ately due to pre-op­er­a­tion prep and clinic sched­ules.

The op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to be car­ried out in Oc­to­ber, but rest as­sured we will be re­port­ing on Mary's lit­tle mir­a­cle as the time draws near and es­pe­cially as she makes her ex­pected re­cov­ery.

The clinic is very op­ti­mistic as they had op­er­ated on a dog with a sim­i­lar prob­lem and a year later he is run­ning about.

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