Please visit our new campaign, URGENT HELP FOR STARVED DONNA !
New chance for Wendy!
$2,505 raised
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Ended Jul 23, 2018

Hello everybody my name is Wendy and I am 5 months old puppy! I came to my home as a percent and I just adore my family everybody is so kind and nice to me! I like to play and run around but onde day I fainted in the middle of the game and my family was so worried unfortunately soon they found out that I have congenital heart disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus! The aorta is the main artery that feeds oxygenated blood from the left side of the heart to the body. The pulmonary (lung) artery travels from the right side of the heart to the lungs, carrying deoxygenated blood to be oxygenated. Once the blood has been oxygenated by the lungs, it then returns to the left side of the hearty through the pulmonary veins to be pumped out into the body by the aorta. In the womb, the fetus’ descending aorta is connected to the pulmonary artery by the ductus arteriosus blood vessel, allowing blood to flow directly from the right side of the heart to the aorta, without stopping for oxygen in the lungs. This is because the fetus gets its oxygen from the mother's bloodstream and does not yet need to have its own blood oxygenated. Normally at birth, this connection is no longer patent (open). Once a newborn has begun to breath on its own, the pulmonary artery opens to allow blood to flow from the right side heart into the lungs to be oxygenated, and the ductus arteriosus closes. But in patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) the connection remains patent. Consequently, blood is shunted (diverted) in abnormal patterns in the heart. PDA allows blood to flow from the aorta into the pulmonary artery, and then to the lungs. Without surgery, 60 percent of affected puppies die within the first year. With surgery, the death rate is less than 10 percent. So please everybody will you help me get the help I need? .....Wendy :)

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