A kitten who was paralyzed during a botched microchip procedure has survived a surgery to remove the chip from her spine. KTLA News reported tonight that the six-week-old kitten, named “Muffin,” underwent corrective surgery with a board-certified veterinary neurologist in Culver City, California earlier today.
According to Muffin’s Facebook page, the little kitten is showing signs of improvement. Her page stated tonight: “Dr. Robles called. Muffin is doing well and even ate by himself. I will go visit him tomorrow and take pics.”
Muffin’s YouCaring.com page stated earlier today: “Muffin survived the surgery and the microchip is out. It will be a little while before we know how much mobility he will have, but the neurosurgeon is optimistic.”
According to Muffin’s Facebook page, the little orange cat was “born on Sept. 10 and taken to the Downey Animal Care Center, along with his brother, by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control.
“Muffin’s brother was adopted on the same day that he was, but unfortunately he ended up passing away at an emergency vet [when he was not properly] treated for diarrhea. Muffin was also adopted, but on the day he was to be released, a Downey vet tech inserted a microchip into his spine, paralyzing the poor guy’s left side.”
Muffin’s YouCaring page stated that Muffin, weighing only 1.1 pounds at the time, had his microchip procedure on Oct. 16. Shortly afterward, Muffin’s new owner, Loran, noticed that something was wrong. Muffin’s YouCaring page stated:
Loran…noticed Muffin became lethargic and his head was ‘dangling’. She thought it was odd since it happened right after the placement of the microchip, so she took him back to be seen by Dr. Jones.
Dr. Jones told her she thought the microchip was okay. Muffin was given NutriCal and fluids. Loran left and took him immediately to her vet who recommended if he still not seem right in the morning to bring him back and be seen by a neurologist. Muffin was unable to move — he was paralyzed!
The paralysis continued through the night along with incontinence of bowel and bladder. Loran took him back the next morning to be seen by a neurologist.
After X-rays were taken, it was revealed that Muffin had been paralyzed because the microchip had been placed into Muffin’s spine.
Muffin’s YouCaring page has already raised $6,000 as of tonight and Muffin continues to recover from his surgery. His family hopes that his story helps other animals.
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