This is an emergency… Francis arrived to us this morning after a 14 hour train journey during which he nearly died twice.
Francis was rescued last year, after having spent most of his life in a shelter. Neglected, chained to a wooden kennel for more than a decade.
Years of neglect, of freezing cold in winter, scorching heat in summer. Years of exposure, years of untreated infections that eventually left a mark. Francis lungs are severely damaged, they have developed fibrosis, breathing is a struggle.
Francis larynx is paralysed. Right now he barely gets enough air to survive. The lack of oxygen is obvious, his tongue cyanotic, purple due to the blood reaching the tissues having extremely low oxygen saturation.
Francis´s life, right now, is total and absolute hell and it can´t go on like this.
Francis would be euthanized by most rescues, but we are in a position to save his life. The solution is a surgery called lateralization of the arytenoid cartilage. This is a very risky surgery that can only be performed by an extremely skilled and specialized surgeon. In this case the surgeon will be Dr. Jorge Llinas, one of the world leading experts in laser surgery.
Once again, we are in a position where, together, we can forever change the life of a dog that has completely run out of luck.