This is a picture of "Sweetie Pie", named after what she was called. I just got back from a trip to SC, where my father had taken her in a few weeks ago. He and my sister found her at a gas station begging for food. My sister went to pet her, and she was very friendly. They noticed that she was breathing very rapidly. So they took her home, and the next day brought her to the vet. After taking x-rays, the vet said that the reason she was breathing like that was because she had a hole in her diaphram, and her organs had pushed up through the hole and was crowding her lungs, pushing against them. The vet wasn't sure whether or not she was abused or born that way. The vet said that given the complexity of the operation to fix her up, it would likely kill her. They asked if she was in pain, and the vet said that he did not think so, since she appeared otherwise to be a happy, calm kitty. So they took her home and now she is an affectionate, purring addition to their home. She does everything in a normal way except her rapid breathing! Hopefully she will be around for a good long time. Sweetie Pie is something of a miracle.
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1/4/07 at 7:56pm