Reported by: Edward Burch
Bailey is a 3-year-old Border Collie from the New Nodaway Humane Society. On the outside, Bailey looks perfectly healthy.
However, it is what is inside Bailey that makes him no ordinary dog. Bailey has a rare heart condition, where a ruptured artery is pumping blood into one of his heart chambers.
It is a condition that kills most humans. The fact that Bailey is still alive is nothing short of a miracle.
“Something like this is not common in veterinary medicine,” according to Dr. Kevin Christiansen of BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Kansas City.
Bailey’s heart ailment, if not treated, will eventually cause his heart to enlarge, which can cause congestive heart failure.
If Bailey gets the surgery he needs, veterinarians say he has a chance to live a long and healthy life.
Kim Todd, who is Bailey’s shelter buddy and temporary foster mom, is fund-raising for Bailey’s surgery.
Todd said, “His future was very grim, unless someone wanted to take on a special needs dog, he was probably going to be euthanized.”
Todd needs to raise at least $1000 by February 20. So far, Todd has raised a little more than $200 in just two days of fund-raising.
If Bailey gets the surgery, and only after he lives out the rest of his days, human and veterinary heart doctors hope to use Bailey’s unique heart for research and teaching.
Bailey’s surgery is scheduled for February 23. Once he gets nursed back to health, Bailey will be up for adoption.
If you’re interested in helping Bailey, contact the New Nodaway Humane Society in Maryville.
829 South Depot Street
Maryville, MO 64468-2675
Story originally aired on KQ2News on February 7, 2011