Help Kitten See a Bright Future
UPDATE: November 2013
Quinn had surgery on both her eyes, and we are pleased to report that she came through the procedure very well.
At this point, Quinn appears to have full vision, but we will not for certain until she is completely healed, which will take another week or so. Also, we don’t know at this stage whether Quinn’s upper eyelids will be fully functionally or whether she will need a second surgery. We will keep you posted.
Once Quinn is ready, we will keep our promise to find her a permanent home where she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her life.
Thank you again to everyone who contributed so we could give Quinn, and other animals like her, the treatment they need and deserve!
When a Good Samaritan brought this stray kitten to North Shore Animal League America’s Medical Center, it was immediately clear that something was terribly wrong.
The kitten, whom our staff named Quinn, was in severe pain. Our veterinary team quickly determined that her discomfort was caused by a congenital condition called eyelid agenesis, in which the eyelids fail to form normally.
Eyelids perform many essential functions: They not only shield the cornea from injury and infection, they also contribute to the production of tears, which keep the eyes from drying out.
Left untreated, eyelid agenesis causes patients to develop scarring, pigmentation and extremely painful ulcers on the cornea. Without surgical intervention, Quinn may become blind.
But we have a solution: Although Quinn has already suffered some scarring on her eyes, with proper treatment, we are very optimistic that she will have partial and perhaps even full vision.
A specialist in veterinary ophthalmology will perform the procedure, to make sure that Quinn gets only the best in care. Once she heals, we will keep our promise to find her a loving home with an adopter who will treasure her for life.
Please contribute generously so that Quinn, and other animals like her, can receive the treatment they need to live fully, happy lives.
On behalf of Quinn, thank you for your support!
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