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  • ALVINS FIRST WEEK HOME     15 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** ALVINS FIRST WEEK HOME ***

    Alvin has been thoroughly enjoying his first week home. He cannot stand being in his cage even for a second so instead he spends his time cuddling with Shannon, sleeping, purring, gaining more confidence walking around.

    Alvin is really seeming like his old self. He was in such a bad way for so long and we couldn't be sure how his recovery would progress. We are pleased to report his is doing so well! He has a very healthy appetite, has had his feeding tube removed, he meows when he needs to use the litter tray, and he is so loving.

    If you are interested in more regular updates we have started a page to showcase Alvins miraculous recovery journey made possible by each one of you all and the amazing Vets at VSA.

    You can follow his recovery journey here 😊 https://www.facebook.com/Alvinsrecoveryjourney/

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • ALVINS RECOVERY JOURNEY      12 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** ALVINS RECOVERY JOURNEY ***

    Now that we finally have Alvin home we feel validated that everyones efforts were well worth the trouble. So many of you have been there for us to see our wee one through the hardest 3 weeks of both his and our lives. We want to continue thanking you by involving you in his recovery process as well.

    We have created a facebook page to update everyone on Alvin's with photos, videos, and anecdotes related to his progress. Please feel free to follow the page and enjoy watching him grow stronger thanks to all of your help!

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/Alvinsrecoveryjourney/

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • Alvins First Day Home     11 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** ALVINS FIRST DAY HOME ***

    We have some good news as the title of this post suggests, Alvin is finally home for the first time in 3 weeks!! He did a fantastic job his last night in hospital proving that he can pee without his catheter and even managed to walk to his litter tray before going.

    Alvin is cautious, curious, and making up for all the lost time by cleaning himself non-stop. He is cuddly and loving and we couldnt be happier.

    Alvin will visit the Vets everyday for about a week then every other day to get his bandages changes which will require some sedation. One of his wounds looks like it may even heal on its own while the larger one will be reassed in a week's time to see if he will need a surgery to close it up. His other stiches and feeding tube should hopefully be removed this week or sometime early next week.

    We have been assured by the Vets that Alvin is a miracle and his prognosis for survival was concerningly low. If not for love from everyone who has kept Alvin in their thoughts and prayers and the amazing surgery/care team at VSA we wouldn't have today.

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • FEB 10TH UPDATE      10 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***FEBRUARY 10TH UPDATE***

    We are so pleased to inform everyone that we are hoping to take Alvin home tomorrow!! At this stage the Vets have removed his urinary cathetar and we are all patiently waiting for him to show he can use his parts all on his own. The Vets have reported that so far "Alvin has had a little wee which is a good start, we need him to convince us he can express his bladder properly by doing a long wee."

    Alvin has been eating loads without his feeding tube and is even walking around quite well! His vitals are staying really stable, his temp is normal. He is just a happy cat.

    We hope to begin his physio tomorrow and develop a plan for his aftercare treatment. This will include his ongoing wound management, muscle development, and learning how to walk, jump, and play with 3 legs.

    Please join us in hoping Alvin has a long pee today so we can take him home tomorrow 🤞💕🙏😁.

    As always we want to thank everyone for the ongoing love and support for Alvin. All the thoughts, love, cares, and shares have moved mountains and made miracles! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • FEB 9TH UPDATE      9 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** FEB 9TH UPDATE ***

    Alvin is continuing to improve and is reported to have devoured 60 grams of his warmed ID wet food today!

    His vitals are continuing to remain stable and are looking very positive.

    Alvin is still using a urinary cathetar which we are hoping can be removed soon. Later on this afternoon he will have his bandages redressed and his wounds reassessed.

    Some extremely exciting news is that Alvin just started a bit of physio and was able to stand on his own for a few seconds on a yoga mat (better grip). He can sit down and then get back up which is genuinely amazing.

    Our Fingers are crossed that Alvin can come home on Monday. His vet will reassess to determine if his wounds have healed enough to be cared for outside the emergency Vets. Fingers crossed 🤞

    Again we thank you all for the love, cares, prayers, and shares for our wee one. He had a long journey ahead and we couldn't be happier.

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • Feb 7th Update      7 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***FEBRUARY 7TH UPDATE***

    We have been fortunate enough to have Alvin featured in a beautifully written piece in the New Zealand Herald a popular NZ news outlet.

    The link can be viewed here:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12306709

    We were pleased to hear a cheery vet on the other end of the phone this evening boasting about Alvin's wounds healing beautifully. He had a few stitches to close up one of his wounds which is great news because it means he healed enough and fought up the infection in that spot.

    We are still closely watching his larger wound and are excited with the progression of his healing. Alvin was so talkative when we visited tonight and ate a massive meal before promptly falling asleep on Shannon's arm 😍.

    As always we are so greatful for all the support and thank you endlessly for loving Alvin alongside us.

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • Goal update alongside rising bills!      7 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** GOAL UPDATE ***

    We want to thank everyone for all the love, support, prayers, and positivity we have received for Alvin. We genuinely know he could not be fighting this fight without each and every one of you!

    Alvin is making all of the progress in all of the right directions and we are so thrilled to see his personality returning. He is talkative, cuddly, playful, and stronger each day. As the bills continue to rise we are raising our goal alongside it so further financially support Alvin's progress and aftercare.

    Thank you again to all who have shared their love and concern for Alvin with us.

    🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏

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  • Feb 5th Update     5 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***FEB 5TH UPDATE***

    The blood test results are in! Alvin is showing normal kidney, liver, and lung function and is MIRACULOUSLY showing a regenerative red cell count! It seems the 3rd blood transfusion is the charm!

    Alvin had returned to his talkative spicy self and creating a lot of ruckus at the Vets making it clear he is bored and ready to come home.

    At this stage wound management is crucial we need to make sure he does not get any urine or feces near his healing backside which is proving to be quite the task. So for now we need to keep him in hospital with regular bandage changes and a catheter seems to be the only option. We are hoping to take him home later this week!

    We asked for a miracle, and then another, and then another and with all of your help it seems as though we've gotten one. Thank you so much for all the support and concern for our we one we are praying for a hurdle free healing of this wound and a bright long healthy future for Alvin.

    🙏💕❤️

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  • Monday Feb 3rd Update     3 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    *** MONDAY FEB 3RD UPDATE ***

    Alvin will be having a third blood transfusion later on today . His blood test showed he's red cell count dropped to 12% from 17%. The speculation is that this is because of the inflammation from the most recent surgery.

    Alvins bone marrow hasn't been producing new red blood cells and he might have lost some more blood during the operation on Friday. They could not collect enough blood to test his kidneys and other organs but will do so after the transfusion.

    We are hoping to see a pink layer forming at his surgery incision within 4 days of the surgery which will suggest the inflammation reducing and his ability to heal.

    Alvin is becoming more and more like his old self everyday, we just need to beat this infection and red cell count.

    As always we are continuing to request your prayers, shares, cares, and positivity for this wee one to heal up. While we love and appreciate VSA vets who have become a second home, we would love to get Alvin home and no longer incurring further costs.

    ❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️🙏💕❤️

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  • Saturday Evening Post OP Uodate     2 February 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***SATURDAY EVENING POST SURGERY UPDATE ***

    Alvin has had his Second bandage change since surgery and is reported to have woken up very nicely and was described by the Vets as being quite smoochy and active. Originally they were doing a wet to dry bandage change with honey which is now a dry bandage change with honey.

    They do a mild sedation before each wound flushing (prior to bandage change) for pain management. He's recovered so quickly from the surgery as Far as his energy and comfort levels seem to be improved.

    Currently the Infection is our main concern as we still wait to see if his body is able to generate more tissue and sart healing. Post OP his urine has changed from a bright yellow to a bright orange which is potentially concerning if it doesn't return. We are also concerned with his red cell count and awaiting another reading on that.

    Due to his increasing energy and awareness we were reccomend to bring his favorite toys and snacks for his visits because he is bored in the cage now 😁😁😁. One of his favorite staff members heated up some chicken and he lunged for is and gobbled down 10 grams for his first feed without the feeding tube!

    We are overjoyed by his personally returning and his vibrant nature. We are simultaneously deeply concerned for his bodies ability to fight off the infection and need your thoughts, prayers, cares, and shares to help our wee one 🙏❤️💕

    Thank you all for your continued support!

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  • Thursday Evening Update      30 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE***

    Alvin seems to be gaining more awereness each day. He is becoming feistier to the point of needing a cone of shame. He ate a little bit of a treat with his mouth rather than the feeding tube from one of the Vets earlier for the first time since his injury.

    Unfortunately Alvin has has a persisstant flesh eating and muscle deteriorating infection at his injury site. He has now under gone 3 surgeries to remove the skin from the area but it keeps coming back with a vengeance. The Vets have sent away his skin to a lab to ensure they are using the right antibiotic.

    The concern is his body is not strong enough to fight off the infection despite the antibiotic. He will undergo another surgery tomorrow where he will need to be fully anesthetized to remove the dead skin and muscle underneath. Unfortunately if he is unable to fight off the infection after tomorrow surgery (which would be the result of a low red cell count) his prognosis will be terminal.

    This entire process was been a roller-coaster of emotional whiplash. It seems that with each stage of his progress a new extreme concern is uncovered.

    Your cares, prayers, and positivity have made miracles happen before and we are desperately hoping they will make miracles again. Please join us in continuing the fight for Alvin. 🙏💕

    At this stage we have paid a total of $29k (yes you read that correctly) and with the surgery tomorrow the cost will only continue to rise. At some point we will not be able to afford taking out more loans so please do share anywhere you can think of and remeber even 5$ makes a massive difference.

    We appreciate everyone's support and are hoping for a positive outcome for Alvin.

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  • Wednesday Morning Update      29 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE***

    Alvin underwent a second surgery yesterday to remove skin from several places around his amputation site that died and turned black. So far it looks like the surgery recovery is going well.

    He has continued to maintain his vitals and is tolerating his tube feeds very well. He is beginning to normalize his outputs by producing less urine and had popped 2x which shows his digestive tract is functioning!

    The drain at his amputation site is still producing quite a bit of fluid so we are hoping to see that go down. Alvin's wareness seems to improve a little bit everyday but he is verylethargic and still so exhausted. At this stage it's to early to tell how to Guage his brain function.

    The main concerns today are his mental awareness, surgery drainage, second surgery healing, and urine output proportions.

    We continue to thank you for your shares, cares, prayers, and positivity for Alvin 💕🙏❤️

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  • Monday Morning Update     27 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***MONDAY MORNING UPDATE ***

    Alvin just had his full check up this morning and his vitals are looking strong and consist! He moved up to 2/3 of a feeding yesterday and will be receiving his first full feed over the course of today. He's lifting his little head up when the Vets talk to him!

    The whole family at our VSA is so invested and in love with our wee boy along with us and all of you. Everyone is equally shocked with his progress thus far. We are surprised and excited and have so much hope for little Alvin.

    Thank you for all your continued support as we send all our healing vibes to his mental awareness and amputation site. We are unendingly immeasurably greatful to all of you for participating in this miracle.

    🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

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  • Sunday Morning Update      26 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE***

    Last night Alvin's BP dropped a little bit following attempts to wean him off all BP meds. So this morning we were pleasantly surprised by a very excited Vet letting up know he has stabalized and was even purring this morning!!!

    Alvin has been able to digest food through a feeding tube, is nearly off all blood pressure medicatio. He has been seemingly more and more altert everyday and even sat up with his eyes open at some stage! *

    Alvin seems to only meow for his mum and grated her this morning with more happy noises and purring :)

    A MASSIVE thank you to everyone for the continued support. Alvin literally could not have come this far without all of you!

    Please keep the prayers coming! Main concern today is his mental status and some of the skin around his amputation appears to be dying which may result in another minor surgery.

    We are immeasurably grateful to all of you. Please keep the prayers, shares, cares, and positivity coming! 🙏 💕

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  • Saturday Avro Update     25 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***SATURDAY AVRO UPDATE***

    We got the blood results on Alvins kidney levels confirming another miracle has happened! There are no signs of kidney failure at this stage.

    Alvin is becoming more responsive, was trying to sit up, and has been moving his body and head.

    When we visited this Avro and he heard his mums voice he started making noises and looking around. It was the first time he used his voice in 6 days! His blood pressure results are remaining consistant, and Alvin's vitals are remaining stable nearly all on his own.

    He has received small amounts of food through a tube without incident. Our current hope is that he will continue to stabalize without the assistance medications.

    Our main concern right now is Alvin's mental acuity. Due to the long term low blood pressure he is at risk for brain damage.

    Please continue with you love, cares, shares, prayers, and positivity. The Vets are genuinely stunned and excited for Alvin's progress. Keep the miracles coming! 💕🙏💕🙏

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  • Saturday Morning Update     25 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE***

    Last night Alvin was able to maintain stable blood pressure after being weaned off the vasos he was previously dependent on! He has been receiving electrolytes every 2 hours overnight successfully and will be introduced to food for the first time in 5 days this morning.

    Last night Alvin stretched 9 times while we visited last night (yay for small victories)! This morning he was itching himself, and lifting his head, and moving his eyes, and ears a couple times.

    The primary concern today is his urine output is 10x what it should be. This can be a result of kidney inflammation (treatable) or kidney failure (terminal). A blood test and further investigation will be conducted later on today to determine if his kidneys are healthy.

    Thank you all for your continued support we are very very concerned about his kidneys please send your thoughts, prayers, cares, and shares to our wee boy Alvin. 💕🙏💕🙏

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  • Friday Afternoon Update      24 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE***

    Alvin has been slowly weaned off his stabalizing medications, to better guage his ability to self regulate. We stared him on some electrolytes to nourish his body and so far he has been digesting it well! His blood pressure is maintaining the normal range...which is... a literal miracle!

    We have seen readings of up to 98, then they later leveled out at 77 (perfectly normal). The Vets believe Alvin showed signs of being responsive with his eyes and head when he heard them talking which is spectacular.

    These are very small steps on a very long journey but their are in the right direction. We are so proud of Alvin and can't wait to start him on food tomorrow!

    Every day Alvin is in hospital his bill increases by $2k-$3k so his mum has taken out a loan in preparation for the long haul. ANY donations from $1+ will help her ease the strain of the upcoming financial planning.

    As always we beg you to please send your love, hope, strength, positivity, cares, and shares to our wee boy. You have all made the difference we could not do on our own and we can't thank you enough!💕

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  • Friday Morning Update     24 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE***

    Alvins blood pressure has miraculously returned to normal and he is maintain a reasonable temperature. We will be running further blood tests to see how his kidneys have been coping with the last three days of medication. We will wean him off the vassopressors slowly today one at a time and hope he can maintain his blood pressure! The major concern for today is his bodily response to having had longterm vassopressors and longterm low BP and seeing his ability to maintain regular levels on his own.

    Please keep sending the thoughts, wishes, love, support, and positivity we are hoping the miracle will continue!! 💕

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  • Evening After Surgery     23 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***EVENING AFTER SURGERY***

    Unfortunately the second transfusion has not proven to yeild any positive results 😔. We really need a miracle at this stage as the statistical likelihood of him recovering from the initial shock and low BP is dramatically low. We are preparing for this to be his last night with us by spending as long as we possibly can in hospital with him.

    Any prayers, shares, wishes, positive vibes, love, hope, and thoughts for Alvin are all we have left to hang onto. Thank you everyone who has shared sympathy and support for Alvin throughout this extremely difficult process. We are immeasurably greatful for everything and are confident we genuinely gave him the very best chance.

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  • Afternoon After Surgery     23 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***AFTERNOON AFTER SURGERY UPDATE***

    Alvin has a blood transfusion happening now with the red blood cells and plasma, so far his internal organs are all looking fine, glucose levels are normal, The vet surgeon is dissapointed he is not more responsive at this stage. She wants to see him lift his head later on tonight to see any sort of positive response to the transfusion, if he doesnt show signs of movement, tomorrow they will continue to monitor but think it's highly unlikely he will improve at this stage 😔.

    Please keep him in your prayers, we need him to heal more than we need money so please send all the positivity you can to our wee one.

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  • Morning After Surgery     23 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***MORNING AFTER SURGERY***

    The news on Alvin's kidneys is positive, the potassium levels have regulated which suggests the previous spike was a result of the muscle toxins (manegable)! He is urinating, his blood pressure went up to 80 which is good, but other times they couldn't get a blood pressure reading (because it was so low). The risk here is the oxygen getting to his other organs to prevent them from shutting down.

    We have organized a second blood transfusion for today and hope it helps to stabilize him. There are grave concerns for his life, he's still in shock and isnt responding normally, but his eyes and head were moving when visited him this morning.

    At this stage there are significant financial pressures associated with keeping him in the best intensive care and giving Alvin a real chance at survival. He need prayers, shares, and cares. Please help us support and fight for this wee Alvin as long as he is fighting for himself 💕

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  • Evening Post OP Update     22 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***EVENING POST OP UPDATE***

    Alvin made it through surgery , and we were glad to see there was no hidden further internal damage. The hope was that with surgery his blood pressure would reach normal levels fairly quickly. Unfortunately this is not the case and a large concerns for his kidneys is the new challenge. He has a high potassium level and it could be a result of muscle degeneration (which could be treatable) or it could be a sign that his kidneys are on the way out. He is completely unresponsive at this stage and it's very hard to see. We are hoping he makes it through the night and the kidneys start to regulate along with his BP, if not we will need to make a very difficult choice in the morning. ***

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  • Afternoon Update     22 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***AFTERNOON UPDATE: Alvin's blood transfusion was successful in raising his BP to operable numbers, ct scan showed no apparently visible signs of puncture on his intestines and his abdomen was clear of foreign fluid. Alvin is going into surgery now for his intestinal hernia and leg amputation. Will find out in a couple hours if he survives it. ***

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  • Morning Update      22 January 2020
    Posted by: Carley Bereny
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    ***Morning update for Alvin, his BP has risen slightly overnight to 60(still critically low) (we were hoping for a much higher rise). Hopefully this means he's not at risk for sepsis anymore due to the norepinephrine and antibiotic treatment last night. ***

    ***MORNING UPDATE #2 Going ahead with a blood transfusion from a Burmese named Arthur (bless him) and then a CT Scan to see how to address the hernia. His poor little leg has lost sensation and will require amputation at this stage***

    The cost of treatment has risen alongside the severity of Alvins condition. I have attached a photo of the estimated cost for surgery pending his stabilization success.

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