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Troy & Kelly's Special Story




Update 10/18 after surgery

I just heard from Troy's doctor and he is out of surgery and in recovery. All went well they found the shunt and were able to close it off, they did all of the other planned procedures and he tolerated the anesthetic well. Thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers for this little guy. UT will call me again later to let me know how he is doing and he may be able to go home to Melanie's tomorrow if he continues to improve.

Update: 10/18/2013
I spoke with Troy's doctor this morning and he will be the first one in surgery this morning. The ultra sound did show that he did have some sizable stones in his bladder so they will also be removing those since his urethra is so small that there was concern that one of those could cause a blockage. His scintigraphy showed that he does have a single shunt which is most likely congenital since he is so young, they will be placing an ameroid constrictor on that and hopefully he will be able to live a fairly normal and happy life. They are also going to neuter him while they are in there. His testicles haven't descended yet but will be easy to locate while they are cleaning out his bladder. They will be calling me when he is out of surgery and I will let everyone know how he's doing.

The University of Tennessee has a 95% success rate with this surgery and it is considered "routine" there. They did tell me that because of the stones his bill will be $2500.00. Any donation small or large will help us cover his bill. Thank you to all of you who have already contributed to our liver shunt fund for Troy and Kelly. We couldn't do this without your help.

Update: 10/17/2013
For everyone sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear about Troy and Kelly they are safely in Knoxville in the loving arms of Melanie's little girl. Thanks for all of your help getting these two the help they need. It takes a village!


We need your help again we have two more liver shunt babies going to the University of Tennessee on Thursday morning. The University charges $1800 - $2200 to do the surgery. We have had a run on liver shunts and liver disease lately. If you can help with a donation of any amount that will surely help us.

Meet Troy 4 months and Kelly (puppy) 6 months. Our wonderful volunteer Eva is going to be flying both of these puppies together from California to Knoxville on Wednesday. Melanie's husband will be meeting them at the airport and Melanie will be taking them to UT on Thursday.

Thanks to all of you for all your help and support. We couldn't do it without you.

You may donate money here to help replenish funds for future Surgeries:
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or mail a check to:

Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, Inc.
Livershunt Fund
c/o Mary Elizabeth Dugmore
1065 Lewis Road
Chapmansboro, TN 37035

We appreciate any help you can offer so that we can continue helping these little dogs!

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