Urgent Appeal for Lazarus

This is an appeal on behalf of Lazarus (Larry) approximately 2 years of age rescued off the streets of Chania. Larry had extensive lacerations across his nose/sinuses, fractured jaw, left eye blind (detached optic nerve) all wounds contaminated with maggot infestation.

He required 3 operations to clean & close, remained with our Greek vet for many months before she asked us to take him in for aftercare & adoption. Sadly he developed a life threatening infection oozing & sneezing a bloody purulent green nasal discharge affecting his swallowing & breathing.

Readmitted for intravenous infusions, X-Rays & nasal swabs he tested positive for Pseudomonas & Proteus.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evFPXpEWBQY[/youtube]

X-Rays were invalid the damage to his airways/sinuses too extensive to obtain a clear picture, he required CT/MRI not available on the island of Crete & we did not have the funds to send him to Athens. A few days later he was discharged back to our care on antibiotics.

This delightful boy remains the most affectionate soul despite the appalling things that have happened to him. We are not unrealistic in our care & will euthanize if we recognise treatment is causing distress with little chance of survival but this boy wants to live and it is certainly worth investing in his treatment.

We are seeking the funds to send him to Athens/Germany or the UK for CT/MRI scans & endoscopy, veterinary fees in the UK approximately £3,000. 

Alternatively a specialist veterinarian/animal welfare organisation to take on his treatment & care with a view to adoption if he responds well to treatment. 

We would also be willing & happy for him to return to us.

Time is of the essence his airways are obstructed as the infection has returned. If anyone can assist or suggest a way forward please contact us.

Clinical History

04/2014: Facial Operations, # jaw wired, broken teeth removed

06/2014: Admission to CPR difficulty chewing/swallowing, right nasal passage reduced in size/septum deviated for soft diet, weight gain & TLC

07/2014: Baytril 5 mg/kg commenced

4/08/2014: Emergency re-admission? Retropharyngeal abscess, IV`s/Investigations/Swabs

08/08/2014: Discharged

11/08/2014: Nasal swabs positive for Pseudomonas & Proteus Baytril ceased, Augmentin BD commenced

22/08/2014: Gentamicin injection OD/Bisolvon in addition to Augmentin

01/09/2014: Responding well nasal discharge dried up, Gentamicin/renal function bloods NAD continue gentamicin

6/10/2014: Nasal swabs, Gentamicin/renal function blood NAD continue gentamicin

15/10/2014: Swab negative for proteus remained heavy growth of Pseudomonas continue antibiotics & Bisolvon

10/11/2014: Nasal swabs, Gentamicin/renal function bloods NAD, remains positive for pseudomonas Thessaloniki University contacted for advice IV antibiotics advised

17/11/2014: IV Cannula sited weekly change, Amicasil IV daily, Gentamicin stopped

16/01/2015: Nasal swabs/LFT`s/kidney function bloods, cannula removed not tolerating cannula’s pulling them out limb sites sore. Daily IM injections of Amicasil commenced instead

23/01/2015: Nasal Swabs negative

20/02/2015: Antibiotics stopped

01/03/2015: Violent sneezing fits, difficulty eating bulky solid food, swallowing & breathing affected, pseudomonas smell from mouth & nose returned

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