Henry was taken to the Spokane Veterinary Surgical Specialist Group on February 25th. He saw Dr. Howard Lawrence who did an ultrasound and found that Henry had one of the largest External Liver Shunts that he had ever seen. He took Henry immediately into surgery and 2 1/2 hours later, Henry finally had blood flowing properly through his liver for the first time in his life.
Henry spent the night at the hospital for observation. He then went home with his foster mom Lanette and her husband who spent the next week nearly glued to Henry’s side. His recover was rough, he cried all the time and nobody got much sleep at all. The Dr. said this was normal as Henry’s body and liver were not use to functioning properly and so it was kind of a shock for his system.
Finally, about a week after the surgery, Lanette got up in the wee hours of the morning and went to check on him and discovered Henry sleeping peacefully for the very fist time since the surgery. He had hit a turning point and ever since that time, he has continued to recover and grow stronger every day.
He still can’t keep up with his siblings and he tires quickly but he is recovering and has a beautiful light in his eyes that wasn’t there when he came to us. Henry goes back today to get his sutures removed and later this week will see Dr. Jess and have his liver values re-tested. We will keep you posted.
We want to than everyone who donated to make Henry’s surgery possible. Henry and his siblings will be available for adoption soon so please call if you are interested.