This story happened a year ago.
Meet Chester, it is a little miracle.
You can read his story inside the post.
Author: A year ago, my boyfriend adopted the best thing to happen to us. It has been the most challenging, stressful, and most rewarding year of our lives. We'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Meet Chester, our little miracle.
But we started to worry. He couldn't lay in any other position, never played, never ate, and was always sick. We'd been taking him to a vet since the day we got him, but they were never helpful. (Note the little heart shape on the top of his head)
4 months later, we switched vets and found out Chester had been hit by a car sometime in the past. He had a chronic diaphragmatic hernia and he needed expensive and risky surgery to live a full life, so we packed up and drove to Washington State University
The surgery went alright, but he crashed soon after. His blood pressure dropped to near dead levels, and he was in the ICU for six terrifying days with someone literally watching only him for 24hrs/day. We camped in a park/in our car while we waited. Visiting twice a day.
If anyone has a similar issue and it's possible, go to WSU. They are probably the best people in the world and damn good vets. They fell in love with Chester instantly, and made him a custom eye mask out of gauze so he could get some sleep and recover.
The surgeon told us that based on Chester's cracked pelvis and the way it was fused, he'd been hit by a car at least a year before the surgery. So he was living on the streets in this condition for at least 7 months. The strength it took to stay alive for that long while being basically paralyzed, I will never understand.
Finally got to come home. Lots of heat packs for faster recovery. He weighed basically nothing at this point and was so feeble. It was equal parts adorable and heartbreaking.
His strength started to come back, but because of the blood pressure crash, blood couldn't get to his back right foot, and a week later, the foot started to die
We were able to save most of his foot, but the outside toes had to come off. We couldn't afford more surgery, so we held an online fundraiser.
three weeks later, the surgery was paid for and Chester had two less toes. Edit: This was done back home with equally awesome vets.