Help­ing Mary

Adopted adorable eight-month-old fluffy puppy re­quires spe­cial­ist op­er­a­tion to free trapped spinal cord and have a chance of liv­ing a nor­mal life

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Shel­ley Lid­dell

BACK in Fe­bru­ary of this year, La Nucía res­i­dent Bon­nie Kin­caid and her daugh­ter Adri­ana, adopted a cute lit­tle bun­dle of fun, in the shape of a two month old fluffy puppy, from La Nucía dog home after see­ing her on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Face­book page

The new ar­rival to Bon­nie’s home was named Mary and she quickly set­tled in as part of the fam­ily. It wasn’t un­til she was five months old, that Bon­nie no­ticed some­thing was def­i­nitely wrong with her. Up un­til then Mary, who Bon­nie says was one of the hap­pi­est pup­pies they had ever seen, was a lit­tle bit clumsy, she used to fall over some­times when play­ing with the larger dogs and never at­tempted to climb on the sofa, or any­thing else for that mat­ter.

In May, as Mary was a re­ally fluffy puppy, Bon­nie de­cided to give her a hair­cut, and that’s when she no­ticed that she was not us­ing her back legs prop­erly.

Mary was taken straight away to their lo­cal vet, who con­firmed their fears after tak­ing x-rays, her lit­tle spine was like a roller­coaster, she ac­tu­ally had a hunch back. He im­me­di­ately re­ferred her to a spe­cial­ist vet­eri­nary hos­pi­tal (Auna) in Pa­terna, Va­len­cia.

Adri­ana and her part­ner David, took Mary up to Pa­terna at the end of June for a con­sul­ta­tion. They were told that Mary re­quired an MRI, as they sus­pected her spinal cord was trapped. An ap­point­ment for the MRI was duly booked for early Septem­ber, and Mary re­turned to Auna this Mon­day.

Dur­ing July and Au­gust, it was clear that she was get­ting worse, she couldn’t go up or down stairs, had trou­ble go­ing to the toi­let and had very lit­tle con­trol over her weak back legs.

After the MRI, Bon­nie and Ad- ri­ana were told that Mary has hemiver­te­brae (a con­gen­i­tal ver­te­bral ab­nor­mal­ity), five of her ver­te­bras were un­sta­ble and that is where her spinal cord is trapped. The neu­ro­sur­geon gave the fam­ily some good news - that Mary’s prob­lem is op­er­a­ble. In fact, they had op­er­ated on a dog with a sim­i­lar prob­lem, and a year later he is run­ning about.

The op­er­a­tion con­sists in the sur­geons straight­en­ing her spine as best as pos­si­ble, and then hold­ing it to­gether with screws, to free her spinal cord.

The neu­ro­sur­geon is very op­ti­mistic for a good out­come. Mary will have to spend three days in the clinic after the op­er­a­tion to make sure every­thing has gone has planned.

Bon­nie and Adri­ana ex­pected to spend money after adopt­ing her, as be­tween Adri­ana and her­self they have six res­cue dogs, but they are not fi­nan­cially pre­pared for the cost of the op­er­a­tion, which amounts to €2,259.40. They have al­ready had to pay €412.90 for the MRI. And this is where they have de­cided to ask for help, as they feel they must of­fer Mary the chance of liv­ing a near-nor­mal life. La Nu­cia dog home have said they would share Mary’s story on their Face­book in the hope peo­ple can con­trib­ute to­wards the op­er­a­tion.

Bon­nie this week pleaded in so­cial me­dia “If you can find it in your heart to help us give Mary as ‘nor­mal’ a life as pos­si­ble we would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate it. Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps. We have opened a Paypal ac­count help­mary­walk@hot­ to ac­cept do­na­tions to­wards Mary’s op­er­a­tion”.

Bon­nie’s col­leagues, here at Costa Blanca News, sin­cerely hope that Mary will be able to have her op­er­a­tion as soon as pos­si­ble, and will be chip­ping in to help the cute lit­tle puppy get back on her feet again.

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