About the Campaign
Gigi has heart failure
Specifically Mitral Valve Disease
Seven years ago Lisa adopted Gigi from the animal shelter. Gigi was a young pregnant dog at the shelter, and originally Lisa planned to adopt one of the puppies, but ended up adopting the mom, Gigi, instead!
In April of last year (2023), Gigi got all excited, like normal, when Lisa came home from work, and jumped into her arms, and then fainted. She quickly woke up, and seemed fine, but a few days later she got excited and fainted again. Lisa took her to the ER vet, after a number of days and a lot of money, Gigi was diagnosed with heart failure and given less than six months to live.
Lisa started doing research into Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (link HERE) and discovered that there are a few doctors who do an open heart procedure to correct it, similar to what is done with humans. But when we say a few, it is literally two. Yes, two doctors. One is in Japan, and one is in London. Generally speaking, though this condition is treated in humans, it is not in dogs.
Gigi got an appointment with a Cardiologist here in the US, and Lisa was doing her research, when just days before the appointment Gigi had another episode, this time very severe. The doctors recommended humane euthanasia, and gave her less than a week to live. But that was months ago. Gigi was in the hospital for a few days, but she made it, to the doctor’s surprise. And everyone at the hospital noted how Gigi was a fighter, always in good spirits, and just would not give up!
She got the cardiologist visit, finally. And got all her info sent to the doctor in London. The procedure is expensive. Lisa has raised some money elsewhere (about $5000 on GoFundMe) and has some money and credit herself, but it is difficult. Gigi has already cost thousands, and the total cost in London is over $20,000. Good news though is that the doctors are giving Gigi a very high prognosis over 90% with the procedure, and it should be corrective for life.
Lisa is dedicated to getting this surgery for Gigi, and all donations here are only paid to the doctor for the heart surgery, and refunded if it does not happen, so you can donate in confidence to Gigi!
Vet estimate and requirements (click to enlarge):