Big Freeda is a gorgeous, playful, robust 7-month old puppy, with everything to live for, who has found herself in a desperate situation and is now fighting for her life.
I rehomed Big Freeda 2 months ago after her previous owners told me they were unable to keep her due to a family illness.
I was told again and again that she had no health problems and I immediately insured her on a superior plan. Unfortunately, within weeks of having her, I could tell something was seriously wrong.
She started regurgitating her food and her health deteriorated rapidly. This was worrying and horrible, but things took a turn for the worse when she regurgitated and aspirated her food. I found her collapsed in the middle of the night, covered in bile, and she had to be rushed to the emergency vet.
Big Freeda had developed aspiration pneumonia and had to be rushed to a specialist vet two hours away by car. She was put in an oxygen tent and it was touch and go whether she would pull through. Thankfully, she survived and I was able to take her home, but I was still none the wiser why this had happened. This emergency, life saving care, cost £1800.
I was told almost immediately that the insurance would not cover it because the conditions were likely to be pre-existing. This was devastating.
Further investigation was required to find out what was wrong and after a two night, three day stay, she was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). This cost £3125.
As sick as she is, the vet is really hopeful about the diagnosis because there are surgeries available which have the potential to correct these problems allowing her to life a happy, healthy life.
The first surgery would correct her airways. This surgery would allow her to breathe more easily, improve her quality of life, help prevent any further aspiration and pneumonia, and is essential before her hernia operation. This is likely to cost £4000.
The second surgery would deal with the hernia. This surgery would stop her regurgitating and would mean she could start gaining weight again and get back to full strength. She will also need an MRI as her jaw has limited motion and with meds, aftercare, over night stays and a buffer for possible complications I’ve been advised to expect the cost to exceed £4000.
Unfortunately, the previous owners are refusing to provide any support and with the insurance unlikely to cover any of the bills, and the initial bills coming to £5000, my funds have been completely exhausted. I have done my best to keep Big Freeda alive because I really believe she is worth it, and worth fighting for, and I'm confident she can bounce back from this and have a really great life, but our situation is desperate.
Without outside funding, I won't be able to pay for her surgeries. The first surgery is scheduled for two weeks from now. The reality of the situation is that if I don't raise the money then it's unlikely Big Freeda will survive, which breaks my heart.
I hate having to put up this crowdfunder and I'm hugely embarrassed. Had I not been assured that Big Freeda was fit and well I wouldn't have gotten myself into this situation, but now I'm in it, it feels like the only right thing to do, is get her through it.
Any shares, any contributions, any messages of support, would mean the world to me and Big Freeda xx
Freeda at her best ...