Pell City, Alabama                                    & The Village, Florida

 

 

Little Miss Molly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama safe and sound and visited with our veterinarian earlier this week. Molly is 3 months old (DOB 4/17/2021) and clocking in at a whopping 4.7 pounds Other than her serious congenital heart defect, she is a happy, healthy pup A referral has been sent over to the University of Georgia where she will undergo the balloon valvuloplasty to repair her severe pulmonic valve stenosis.

The easiest way to understand this condition is to think of a hose with a normal flow of water . If you squeeze the hose making it more narrow, water pressure increases. This is what is happening in Molly’s heart causing the pressure gradient across her pulmonic valve to be very high. Normal pressure is measured at about 10, whereas Molly’s pressure is 169! This places her in the category of severe pulmonic stenosis where she is at risk of sudden death and needs a life saving surgical procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty to open up her “hose” and consequentially bringing down that pressure to a normal and healthy level.

UGA is reviewing her case and we hope to get her scheduled soon. 

  

Molly 

 

  

  • Female
  • Age: 5 months   (DOB 4/17/2021)
  • 5# 
  • Health - recdently underwent heart surgery
  • Adoption Donation: $TBA

  



UPDATE JULY 27, 2021Good news - Molly’s lifesaving heart surgery has been scheduled for August 25th at the University of Georgia ♥️ Did you know, the entire procedure is done through a tiny incision in her neck!

UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2021: Molly is 16 weeks old and a tiny but mighty 5.75 pounds 💪🏽 She’s just a little over 2 weeks away from her trip to the University of Georgia for her life saving heart surgery ♥️ She will undergo a balloon valvuloplasty to repair her severe pulmonic valve stenosis.
The easiest way to understand this condition is to think of a hose with a normal flow of water 💦 If you squeeze the hose making it more narrow, water pressure increases. This is what is happening in Molly’s heart causing the pressure gradient across her pulmonic valve to be very high. Normal pressure is measured at about 10, whereas Molly’s pressure is 169! This places her in the category of “severe” where she is at risk of sudden death and needs a life saving surgical procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty to open up her “hose” and consequentially bringing down that pressure to a normal and healthy level.

UPDATE AUGUST 25, 2021: Today little Molly, who is now 4 months old, traveled over to the University of Georgia where she will undergo her life saving heart surgery to repair her severe pulmonic valve stenosis ♥️ They have done their full work up on her today and we just got word that she is all cleared for the procedure tomorrow 🙌🏼 We will of course keep you posted as we get updates from her wonderful medical team 🙏🏻

UPDATE AUGUST 31, 2021:Last week little Molly underwent her successful life saving heart procedure and has been recovering and resting (as best as a puppy can do!) in her foster home in Pell City, Alabama 💜 She is not due back for her cardiac recheck until 10/25 but we will be sure to keep the cute photos coming in the meantime 💕

UPDATE AUGUST 26, 2021:Molly’s been discharged and is headed home 💜 Yesterday sweet baby Molly underwent a successfully balloon valvuloplasty heart procedure at University of Georgia to repair her severe pulmonic valve stenosis. Her pressure going into surgery was a severe 126 and is down to a mild and safe 37 👏🏼, even with post operative inflammation. Molly is headed back to her foster home in Pell City, Alabama for some rest and recovery over the next week while her small neck incision heals and then it’s back to normal puppy activity and antics 💕 She will return to see her cardiologist in 8 weeks for another pressure recheck. We are thrilled to be able to give Molly a happy, healthy, normal life made pawsible with your support and donations 🐾 and the amazing skilled cardiac team at UGA ❤️🖤 Thank you 🙏🏻

UPDATE September 4, 2021:Gotta start ‘em young! College football is back 🏈 and Molly is ready to roll with the tide! 🐘❤️ Alabama football kicks off in half an hour!
We know who Molly is cheering for - who is your team? 📣