This article is my latest in what I call my “freak accident” series. We all know cats can get themselves into all kinds of trouble, and Tamarindo is no exception. Curiosity almost killed the cat when Tamarindo tangled with a fishing hook and line and lost. His story was recently posted on a GoFundMe webpage started by Sherry Christy, whose son is deployed overseas and can’t be with his injured kitty at this time.
“Hi everyone, my son, Nathan is deployed overseas. I’m the grand mom of his kitties and I have been taking care of them since he left. Their names are Tamarindo and Arianna.
We are asking for help for an emergency we had with Tamarindo. He is a very inquisitive little guy. My grand daughter left her fishing pole in the dining room. Tamarindo knocked over the pole and unknown to us managed to get the hook and line off the pole. The next morning when we woke up I found Tamarindo vomiting and saw the hook and line.
He was not feeling well at all. My husband and I rushed him to the Mount Laurel Animal hospital and he was seen and diagnosed with a torn esophagus. They felt it would be better to transfer Tamarindo to the University of Penn Animal Hospital for emergency chest surgery. Before the Emergency team was called in we had to pay half the estimated bill for the surgery. It was estimated 6000-7000 thousand so we had to pay 3500.00. Plus we had to pay 647.00 at the first hospital. Attached are receipts for you to view.
Tamarindo had surgery Saturday pm. He had a thoracotomy (open chest) They repaired the hole in his esophagus. He was then transferred to ICU. He Is currently still there and has a chest tube, feeding tube and IV’s. He is getting IV pain medications continuously and antibiotics along with oxygen. Pictures of our little love bug after surgery are also attached.”
The balance of Tamarindo’s estimate must be paid before this curious kitty is released from the vet. The money will go directly to the University of Penn for the remainder of the bill first and if enough is raised they can pay off the amount placed on the credit card to get him out. All of the veterinary receipts are posted on the GoFundMe webpage here. Please feel free to donate or subscribe to updates on Tamarindo’s condition.
The grand total of this freak accident is estimated as high as $7,000.
Thanks go out to Helen Grant, who works with retired Military Working Dogs, for sending me this story. Helen and Sherry are friends and I trust her on this being a legitimate injury.
Please take the time and click here for all of my articles about pet dangers. The lesson to learn in this story is accidents DO happen, no matter how careful you are. Treat your home as if you have a two-year-old curious toddler roaming the home and searching for things to get into.