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Donors and surgeon help cute kitten stand on her own

MINNEAPOLIS – An abandoned kitten who was found in the street with broken front legs is now walking around happily, thanks to an outpouring of support from Minnesotans and expert surgery from BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

picture of cat with cast on right front leg

Water Lily was found abandoned with both front legs fractured. She was treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine, Minn.

The kitten, named Water Lily, is about 11 weeks old and is bright and inquisitive, with “tuxedo cat” coloring.

“Water Lily is healing well, and it can be amazing how well kittens’ bodies do with fractures like these,” said Dr. Andrew Jackson, a board-certified veterinary surgeon for BluePearl, who operated on the kitten.

“She is an adorable kitten,” said Dr. Kathryn Kaufman, who also cared for Water Lily.

A good Samaritan was driving near Duluth last month when she saw some sort of animal struggling to climb up a curb and onto the sidewalk. The woman stopped and found the animal, who turned out to be a frightened kitten with both front legs broken.  The rescuer managed to scoop up the cat and take her to a veterinarian, who recommended going to Animal Allies Humane Society, based in Duluth. Rescuers theorized the kitten might have been thrown from a car.

Animal Allies took up Water Lily’s cause and raised more than $5,000.

“I think it just goes to show that we live in a community of animal lovers,” said Amy Miller of Animal Allies. She said that in spite of whatever trauma she went through, Water Lily has a loving disposition. “She’s darling, she’s just a sweetheart.”

x-ray shows pins in cat's right leg

This X-ray from BluePearl Veterinary Partners shows two pins that were surgically placed in Water Lily’s right arm to repair the fracture in her humerus bone.

Animal Allies brought Water Lily to BluePearl, a referral animal hospital where the veterinarians include experts such as Jackson, who has received years of additional training and testing to become board-certified in veterinary surgery.

Dr. Jackson operated on Water Lily’s right front leg earlier this month, inserting pins to repair the fractured humerus bone close to the shoulder. He later examined X-rays before deciding not to attempt surgery on the left front leg, which also has a broken humerus bone but closer to her elbow.

If the left leg does not heal properly, it might need to be amputated for the cat’s continued health and comfort.  Jackson noted that cats do remarkably well on three legs. But BluePearl, Animal Allies and others are monitoring Water Lily’s progress in hopes that she will heal well and keep all four paws.

“I want her to heal as well as she can because she’s so small, and I don’t want her to have any pain overall,” said Leah Falon, a BluePearl veterinary technician who has been fostering Water Lily during her treatment. “She’s a bright little kitten and we love her.”

picture of cat with cast on right leg

Water Lily was found abandoned with both front legs fractured. She was treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine, Minn.

picture of cat with cast on right leg

Water Lily was found abandoned with both front legs fractured. She was treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Blaine, Minn.