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Ginger needs emergency surgery for intussusception

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Diagnosis: Intussusception
Low end of estimate: $967
Owner’s Contribution: $100
Needed for low end of estimate: $867
5% IMOM operating expenses: $44
Fundraising goal: $911

Spayed: No – will be spayed when medically safe
Caseworker: Dawn

Ginger is at All Funds Raised - Donations No Longer Needed!

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Ginger is a 2 year old kitty with intussusception – the sliding/telescoping of the intestine within itself.  This is an emergency.  Ginger has been holding on for several days and is very ill.  The vet is not open until Monday, so we hope to have the funds raised by first thing Monday morning and get her to surgery as soon as possible.  Ginger is even a new mom and caring for her kittens through all of this. 

 

Here’s what Ginger’s mom has to say about her:

Ginger has a life threatening intussusception, which means her intestines have folded inside themselves, not allowing food to pass through so she is wasting away and getting sicker by the moment, in a lot of pain, but fighting for her life. Ginger initially stopped eating and drinking, a normal progression and what leads most people to seek vet care. I thought she would pass away several days ago, but miraculously, her motherly instincts kicked in and she is fighting to stay alive for her babies because she is now eating and drinking. The food is accumulating in a blocked area of her colon, causing her a lot of pain, but she presses on. She vomits most everything she consumes but she is making her best effort to hang on. I think she knows I'm trying to find help. She knows her babies need her and she knows her family needs her.


If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation – note for Ginger Flynn.
If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying
paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Ginger’s name when making your donation.
 

Thank you for the emergency support to save this kitties life.

Edited by Jamie K. - IMOM

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Poor kitty she needs help NOW,, can we share and ask others to do the same?? Monday is around the corner 

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I thank God I have been granted a spot on this forum in hopes of finding help for Ginger. Her condition is entirely treatable with surgery, but without a surgery in the next few days, she will die. She has been a God send to myself and my three children, but especially me. You see, Ginger has this special charisma about her, a truly beautiful soul. We got her as a kitten and I intended for her to be a companion and playmate for my children because they desperately wanted a pet. Growing up with dogs, I naturally wanted a dog, but it was not allowed on the lease so I "settled" for a cat. I say "settled" because I always thought of myself as a "dog person". Ginger soon taught me that she was to receive FULL affection from everyone and wouldn't have it any OTHER way. She wanted it; she worked for it. We were her humans and she took that responsibility seriously. I am 34 years old, and I have 3 girls ages 16, 12, and 2. The 12 year old and 2 year old sleep in my bed with me and Ginger decided early on there was room for one more. Gladly passing out (painful) massages to us every night, she makes her little nest in our bed, dutifully keeping us warm. She helps me with house work by impeccably maintaining her litter box, going as far as to cover any potential stenches with random t-shirts and leggings that she takes from the girls rooms. Oh how thoughtful, Ginger! And she never forgets to remind me of her presence when I am getting cheese from the fridge, or anything for that matter, but that yellow cheese is her weakness! Until recently that is....

Ginger's special power is warming hearts. She warmed my cold dog-loving heart within days, and turned me from a dog-person to a dog AND cat person! I'm a nice person in general, but if I were the Grinch and Ginger were all of Who-ville, she made my heart grow bigger by forcing her way into it, with ease.

When Ginger had her babies, she upped her status even more. She become another mother in the house. She officially became not just the pet I love, but my FRIEND! There was a time once recently when I had a particularly stressful day and my toddler had been a handful and didn't sleep well through the night. I got up to take my daughter to the bathroom, exhausted, and there was Ginger, wide awake tending to her toddlers and I said to her out loud "I see YOURS have you up all night TOO". It's hard being a single parent to three daughters of widely varying ages, but when I see the way Ginger has to "change a diaper" so to speak (you know what I mean), it makes me feel fortunate and not so alone because I don't have a lot of free time for socializing with other human beings other than at work or the grocery store. Ginger is so special to me, She is hard-working, compassionate, loving, feminine, clean, efficient, and since she is young, she still has a lot of spunk and will randomly barrel through the house knocking things over and grab something random and throw it in the air and then do a back hand spring off the couch or some other random cat trick before coming over to get some affection for the entertainment she has just provided. At least that was what life was like until recently.....

Ginger had been getting very thin but I thought it was because she was nursing kittens. She seemed like she was constantly starving and she had a great appetite so I just assumed it was normal to thin out some. She had also started using the bathroom on random places on the floor, very uncharacteristic of her once very tidy nature. I still just assumed she was exhausted from mothering her kittens and chose to cut some corners to save a little energy. It wasn't until one evening at the beginning of last week that she climbed on my lap and basically gave me a hug that it all clicked. She jumped on me and put her head right on my chest and extended her paw across me as if to say "notice me". It struck me as odd because she likes laps but never did that "hugging" maneuver before. She quickly left and I thought about it for a minute or two but it STILL didn't click. I didn't "notice her" completely in that moment, even still. 15 minutes later, she climbed onto her cat perch right in front of me, me still sitting in the recliner, and I was immediately shocked at what I saw. It all clicked in that very moment and within seconds, I had clear hindsight. Ginger's pupils looked dilated, her normally smooth coat looked greasy and unkempt, and I never realized an animal with fur could appear pale, but my Ginger looked severely pale. I realized her weight loss and not using the litter box were related and that she hadn't been meowing when I opened the fridge and I couldn't recall seeing her nurse her kittens recently either. I had ALSO seen some vomiting in various places on the floor.

I opened a can of cat food and most cats, including Ginger, go crazy for the sound of a can opening but Ginger had NO reaction. I slept on the couch with her that night. I lay her right beside me and covered the two of us up. I think she knew then that I was aware of what she had probably been trying to tell me for days, if not longer. The next morning, the vet was able to see us immediately. They gave her de-wormer and a bag of fluids under her skin and noted that her intestines felt thick but the (Im not sure the terminology but something to the effect of gastroenterologist) wasn't in and did some tests and was suspecting feline leukemia. I was devastated and took her home and watched her decline more the next day. She climbed under the recliner and didn't want to be bothered by her babies or me or the girls. She would come out occasional to vomit dark green clear fluid. I spent almost every waking moment doing research. I found that if a cat doesn't eat for more than a couple days, they can go into severe liver failure. If she was going to die, it wasn't going to be from liver failure on my watch and the green color made me think bile or liver involvement already so I made a thin meat mash mixed with water and gave her syringes of it periodically. I also took a tums and broke a small piece off and crushed it and mixed it with water and syringed that into her mouth and I haven't seen any green vomit since I did that. The following day, I took her back for another emergency bolus of fluid replacement under her skin and got negative results for blood work. The specialist was there and his test revealed an intussusception, or telescoping of the intestines on themselves, fatal if left untreated with a costly surgery.

I'm going through a bankruptcy right now and it couldn't have come at a worse time. NOT that there would ever be a good time for a diagnosis like this, but the reality is that I don't have the funds or resources to cover it. I'm fighting to keep 25% of my wages from being garnished which would absolutely destroy us right now. We don't live a luxurious lifestyle, my family and I. I shield my children from the reality of the situation but its not good. I am thankful for what we have and always feel so blessed, but my feet hurt so bad at work and I find myself jealous of my colleagues shoes sometimes because I know they are more comfortable than mine. I also know I can get some nice comfortable shoes from Goodwill but there always seem to be things that are a higher priority. My children aren't starving, as a matter of fact they eat fresh vegetables and fruit, but behind the scenes, I rarely eat the "good stuff" with my meals because I want them to have it. I get salads and things so I'm not trying to paint a picture of absolute poverty, but we are in a bracket of poverty based on federal guidelines but we don't have food stamps because I make it work. We do without some luxuries for the more important things like healthy food, not an abundance of it, but we have it.... and my kids have comfortable shoes. They each have several pairs of shoes, generally used shoes, but they don't care. They are comfortable in life because that is the perception I want them to have. When we go out, its is free stuff like walks in the park. We don't vacation but we have family time and vegetables and shoes so we aren't well off, but we are surviving and thankful to live in America, and happy, mostly.

We are also charitable. I have given MANY times to the St. Judes charity as well as other random charities like Smiles for kids with cleft palettes in India, organizations that provide plants and livestock to third world countries, and I remember one was for service animals in need. My girls know I will almost ALWAYS purchase one of those miracle network tickets from grocery stores and gas stations whenever I'm asked, and if there is a quarter sheet near a register, I will dig through my purse and use every quarter I have to fill the slots with quarters to help when I can. I teach them that giving when you have little to give is more special than giving when it doesn't affect your wallet. All giving is special, but it means a lot to give $1 to the Miracle Network when you only have $10 total. We are good people and I wouldn't be asking for help with Ginger if I had the money to do it. This isn't to free up money that could be used for something fun or fancy. I simply don't have it and I'm calling on those with compassion and an extra dollar or two to help save Ginger. I love her and I want her around me but that's not even that true cause here. Ginger WANTS to live!

She WANTS help. Up above I gave a list of her qualities but there's one I haven't told you about yet. Among all of those other things that make her special, Ginger is also a fighter! She has a zest for life! After her 2nd fluid replacement and a couple more syringes of meat water, she licked a piece of canned dog food. I never thought I would be so excited to see her lick a piece of food in all my life but I stood breathless as I watched her sniff it and then eventually lick it. She licked all of the gravy off of it and shortly after, she ATE IT! Then I offered her a couple more pieces and she ate those! Then she vomited a little while later.

After vomiting, I offered her some shredded ham.......and she ate it! and then ate a small piece of cheese! and slowly she began consuming small amounts of food until finally, she drank water! This is NOT supposed to be happening! It should be all downhill from this point. Her condition does not improve on its own, it REQUIRES surgery so we can't figure out what is compelling her to eat and drink from such a desolate condition other than her will to survive. She is fighting! She knows I am fighting for her and she knows when I am crying for her. She continues to vomit but it is not that green thin vomit. She can't absorb many nutrients because that happens as food travels the entire length of the intestines but it is enough to buy some time. At any moment, she could stop eating and drinking again, but there is stil hope as long as she is eating. The scariest part is that since her intestines are quickly being strangled in that section, once enough tissue dies and a hole allows her bowel contents to seep into her abdominal cavity, it will be too late. She will suffer even more pain than she is in now as peritonitis and sepsis set in and rot her from the inside out. I would have no choice but to have her euthanized at that point but there is hope and prayer that generous members of this community can help me to help her survive. Her babies need her, I need her, my children need her, and although she has a beautiful soul, I don't think that soul is meant to cross over to the rainbow bridge yet.

Please imom community members, consider lending us a small bit of resources, any contribution will feel miraculous at this point and I pledge to you to continue to keep giving dollars when I have only 10, but I need a couple back for sweet Ginger if you find it in your heart. Forever grateful, Melissa Flynn

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FUND UPDATE:  Ginger has $380 in Donations and needs $531 more.

Thank you so much for your donations so far.  There isn't anything I can add except this kitty is in grave condition and needs your help.  Please donate if you can, and if you can't donate, please spread the word and share on all your social media sites.  We have *got* to have the funds in place so Ginger's Mom can call the vet first thing when they open Monday at 7:30 am EST.  Thank you.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation – note for Ginger Flynn.  If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to note for Ginger Flynn when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!
 

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OMG, what a beautiful, heartfelt post by Ginger's mom. And what fantastic pictures. This poor kitty is in dire condition. Time is not on her side at all. This baby is only 2 years old. She's got a full life ahead of her with her loving family if she can get this surgery in time. Thank you so much to the generous angels who have already contributed, and thank you in advance to those who will or are considering a donation to help Ginger get her life-saving surgery.

 

Tracy, Dallas, Phoenix, and Cody in spirit

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The generosity so far has been amazing and it brings me to tears. Bless you all who have contributed thus far. Thank you so much. Words can not express how much I appreciate the generosity. I cannot believe $380 has been raised for her so far. I am so fortunate for every one of you. Bless you! Thank you!

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FUND UPDATE:  Ginger has $430 in Donations and needs $481 more.

Thank you so much Angels.  Please, if you pray, say prayers for Ginger, and/or send healing thoughts to her - she's hanging on by a thread.  It's a miracle she's still with us, and Monday is a long way off.  Please donate if you can, and if you can't donate, please spread the word and share on all your social media sites.  We have *got* to have the funds in place so Ginger's Mom can call the vet first thing when they open Monday at 7:30 am EST.  Thank you.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation – note for Ginger Flynn.  If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to note for Ginger Flynn when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!

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The tears are spilling from my face and I'm in disbelief that complete strangers are helping us. My 12 year old just said "Mom, I think she is going to make it!"

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FUND UPDATE:  Ginger has $505 in Donations and needs $406 more.

Thank you so much Angels!  We're over halfway there - thank you!  Let's see how quickly we can get to All Funds Raised.  Maybe there is a 24-hour emergency vet nearby in case something happens between now and Monday and if so, it would be good to have the funds in place.  Please donate if you can, and if you can't donate, please spread the word and share on all your social media sites.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation – note for Ginger Flynn.  If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to note for Ginger Flynn when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!

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I have information on a reputable surgery clinic that is open 24 hours. The moment I find out we have reached our goal, God willing, I can take her because each minute is vital. I had not actually witnessed her drinking water today until 10 minutes ago and she took a few licks. She ate some tuna earlier but her coat is looking unkempt again. Time is of the essence and thanks to all of the Angels out there!!

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FUND UPDATE:  Ginger has $605 in Donations and needs $306 more.

Thank you so very much.  We're almost there.  Let's see how quickly we can get to All Funds Raised, so this poor kitty can get the surgery she needs.  Maybe there is a 24-hour emergency vet nearby in case something happens between now and Monday and if so, it would be good to have the funds in place.  Please donate if you can, and if you can't donate, please spread the word and share on all your social media sites.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation – note for Ginger Flynn.  If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to note for Ginger Flynn when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!

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Matching challenge!  Let's not lose the mega momentum going on here.  *dangles kitty toys*  I have *checks wallet* $103.  I'm putting out there a matching challenge for $103.  Take my money!  If you match my challenge, that will mean there's only $200 more to go.  So let's keep the money flowing and help this sweet girl!

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Our posts crossed.  Oh good, I'm so glad there is a 24-hour vet.  

Okay folks, let's see how quickly we can raise the remaining $306 so her Mom can take her to the 24-hour vet *ASAP*.

Thank you all for your donations so far.

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Correction, match my challenge and there will only be $100 more needed.  Wohoo!  C'mon angels!

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Ginger has a $103 Matching Challenge!

Thank you *so* much!

Who will be the first to take some or all of the Matching Challenge?  Let's get this baby in for surgery *ASAP* - she's on borrowed time already.  Please, please help.

Thank you.

 

Edited by Jamie K. - IMOM

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FUND UPDATE:  Ginger has $815 in Donations and needs $96 more.

The Matching Challenge has been met!

DabcoJazWhif you can send in your match and then we'll be at All Funds Raised  (all you need to send is $96!)!  Thank you SO much Angels!

Thank you all so much!

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Sent in my match!  Woot!

 

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Oops, put the extra $7 into the general fund.  I was excited and didn't read it all.  Looking for dancing bananas...

 

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Ginger is at ALL FUNDS RAISED!!!  Thank you all so very much!! 

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Now Ginger's Mom can get her in quickly for the life-saving surgery she needs.  Thnk you for coming together so quickly to get this kitty taken care of.
 

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2 minutes ago, DabcoJazWhif said:

Oops, put the extra $7 into the general fund.  I was excited and didn't read it all.  Looking for dancing bananas...

Yes we will, thank you SO much for your Matching Challenge!

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I'm so glad ginger can get immediate surgery.  I'm just glad for all the Angels who matched it! :)

 

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6 minutes ago, DabcoJazWhif said:

I'm so glad ginger can get immediate surgery.  I'm just glad for all the Angels who matched it! :)

I am too! :)  

Hopefully, Ginger's Mom will see this and my email soon!

Thank you all again!

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Angels - you are a true blessing.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping Ginger in her fight for her life. 

I posted Ginger's thread last night and went to bed planning to wake up early to check on things.  Surprise - Ginger is set to go to surgery.

I do believe Ginger's mom works the night shift, but I know she will be beyond thrilled when she reads about all the wonderful Angels who have supported Ginger.

Paws crossed for a successful surgery for this little girl.

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I want to stop a minute before heading off to the vet (woo hoo) and thank you all for your generosity again! I consider everyone to have went above and beyond to help Ginger and there are NO WORDS that can express my gratitude! Not only did you help me get the surgery she needed, but you angels came through SO FAST that we are able to go to an emergency clinic and not wait an extra day for our regular clinic to open! This is truly an amazing miracle and I hope you all know that not only did you save the life of Ginger, but you have touched the lives of my family and I immensely! You have spared another life and its incredible what each of you have done. Every single dollar was a blessing and a special thanks to those who coordinate all of this at IMOM..... If not for this charity site, I don't know where I would have turned. Please stay tuned for more updates than you can handle! Much love to all of you! Here we go.....

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No updates yet:

when we first got here, they took Ginger back to the back through an employees only door. I wish I could be back there to comfort her. She must feel scared but this will be a small price to pay for her life. Surgery hasn't started and I haven't talked to a vet yet. This is an emergency hospital that has not seen Ginger before so they have to do their own diagnostics Im guessing is what is happening. I hear meows every now and then but I'm not sure if it is Ginger's voice. More updates as I get them. :)

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