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UPDATE ON LEONARDO

Image -  - It is extremely rare for a kitten to be born with

It is extremely rare for a kitten to be born with "Tetralogy of Fallot".

There is a hole in the middle part of his heart which is allowing the oxygenated blood to mix with the non-oxygenated (blue) blood. But his genetic defects are not what make Leonardo extraordinary...

Leonardo has a deformed tail and was born without eyes. You would never guess that he is blind. He maneuvers as well as a sighted kitten and he even bats at and chases invisible mice. It is really something to see him chase and "kill" these invisible mice. He sits over their imaginary dead bodies triumphantly and "looks" up at us.

He is truly one of the most intelligent animals we have ever met in all of our years of rescue. We truly love him in every sense of the word. His determination and lust for life serve as a real inspiration.

Image -  - Leonardo is a remakable kitten. You would never guess that he was born without eyes.

Leonardo is a remakable kitten. You would never guess that he was born without eyes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007~

I just spoke with Dr. Scansen, the cardiologist at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and he is conferring with the other cardiologists about Leonardo's condition, Tetralogy of Fallot. They will be discussing the possibility of organizing a team of cardiologists from OSU with a team of thoracic surgeons from Children's Hospital to perform the life-saving surgery that will be necessary to save Leonardo's life.

The surgery would be performed at Children's Hospital and will cost between $10,000 - $15,000.

There will be those who argue that this kitten's life is not worth $10,000.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a well-respected medical doctor, philosopher, theologian, musician and 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner said, "Man is only ethical when he obeys the constraint laid on him to aid all life which he is able to help. He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy... nor how far it is capable of feeling. We can't stop all suffering, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't stop any."

Image -  - From the moment we brought little Leonardo home, he has used his litter box. We don't understand how he manages to do the things he does.

From the moment we brought little Leonardo home, he has used his litter box. We don't understand how he manages to do the things he does.

That is the philosophy on which Society for the Protection of Animals, a small, dedicated, non-profit organization, was founded. We very much believe that, "If you think it, it will come." We must try to save Leonardo's life.

There is a chance he might not make it, but there is a greater chance he will survive.

We will be asking for donations to enable Leonardo to obtain this surgery once I hear back from Dr. Scansen.

All those who donate will be reminded that there is no guarantee that Leonardo will survive surgery, so if they feel like their donation was wasted if he should perish, then they should not donate to begin with.

But there is a greater chance that HE WILL SURVIVE.

Image - Feeling Groovy... - Since he can't see, we give him various textured items to play with, such as this carpet sample.

Since he can't see, we give him various textured items to play with, such as this carpet sample.

He needs to be as large as possible before the surgery takes place. The larger he is the greater are his chances that the surgery will be successful.

He will be seeing Dr. Scansen and the other cardiologists at OSU on September 24th at 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Scansen will be getting back with me within the next few days to let me know if and when this surgery might take place. At that time, S.P.A. will begin Leonardo's Campaign To Survive. We will be attempting to obtain National Media Coverage, so anyone who has any connections, please let us know.

We are just beginning to line Leonardo's ducks up in a row.

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In the meantime, Leonardo would appreciate being remembered in your "animal" prayers. Your prayers are priceless!

Most sincerely,

Barbara McGrady

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