When little Gabriel was rescued off of the street and taken into care by Kitten Rescue Los Angeles , he was covered in mange and mostly blind. His foster mom worked very hard to get him well, but he needs eye surgery to correct a malformation caused by the virus that affected his eyes when he was a baby on the street.
Gabriel was found in June, at 3 weeks of age in a backyard. He was very frail and ill. He had a skin condition called mange and was very malnourished. Sadly, in his first weeks of life when his immune system was compromised, a virus entered his eyes and prohibited them from forming correctly. His right eyelid did not fully develop in size and the damage from the virus caused scar tissue to form behind both of his corneas. When he was first rescued, he was totally blind. Luckily, he has gained his vision and has grown in size tenfold! He now looks bigger than his age!
Unfortunately, due to his eye malformation, he has hairs where he should have eyelids and they irritate his eyes. He currently needs eyedrops 4 times a day to keep him comfortable. And his right eye still has limited vision because of his tiny eye opening. Gabriel needs an Entropian/Agenesis surgery along with cryo-surgery to freeze off the irritating hair follicles (with a possible second cryo-surgery a few months later). With these surgeries he will finally be able to live a normal life with decent vision and non-irritated eyes.
He is so young and has his whole life ahead of him so Kitten Rescue thinks the cost is worth it for little Gabriel. They are hoping to raise the funds for a late January/early February surgery. His initial surgery is estimated at $1800. Kitten Rescue does not have an estimate for follow-up surgery but it should be less expensive, if it’s even needed.
Kitten Rescue is accepting donations for Gabriel’s medical expenses at a YouCaring.com fundraising page: Help Gabriel The Kitten Get Eye Surgery.
Despite the need for attention to Gabriel’s eyes, the mange problem has been put behind him and he looks much better now than when he was found, and he appears to be happy in his foster home.
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