October 26th, a small grey and white kitten was brought in to REACH by a Good Samaritan. He had been found in a ditch behind her house crying. She noticed his back leg was injured and wanted to get him help. Dr. Jackson was on duty and examined him. Radiographs were taken and the leg was badly fractured.
The staff at R.E.A.C.H./A.V.S. immediately fell in love with the little kitten and began work to give him a second chance. Everyone in the hospital pitched in to care for the little guy. Dr Wood provided his surgical expertise to repair the fractured leg, the ICU team provided post-operative care and comfort, and R.E.A.C.H. hospital covered the expenses. One technician, Katie, worked with him from the beginning, gave him a name (Limp Bizcuit) and finding him a home. The whole hospital team really came together to make this work.
Having been a stray he had many other issues that were noticed by our ICU staff. He was very hungry but had a great appetite. He was dewormed and treated for suspected ear mites. And now he is on his way to a full recovery and living the good life, in a warm home with a soft bed. Something he knew nothing of only a few days earlier.
It’s amazing the difference one person can make in a life. One Good Samaritan saved a life, relieved pain and brought joy to a household. And from there a ripple effect through our entire hospital, as each heart that became involved further paid forward the blessings.
This holiday season, it is a good reminder that there is so much to be thankful for in our own lives, but also the many ways others are thankful for what we do each day to help our patients and our clients.