Help Ivy Get the Surgery She Needs to Walk Again
I have a heartfelt request for you. An extraordinary individual, truly a fighter in life, and his dog, are both going through an incredibly tough time. Marcelino's dog, Ivy (10 years old, female), practically his baby, is suffering from severe paralysis in both her legs and urgently requires surgery. However, he cannot afford the costs of the necessary scans, surgery, physical therapy, and medication. He needs assistance in covering these expenses, and together, we can make a profound impact on both their lives.
Ivy is a beautiful dog with a sweet personality. She's intelligent, playful, sensitive, protective, and loving. At 10 years old, she has been Marcelino's cherished companion, his family, and his support system since he was a teenager. Despite the challenges Marcelino has faced, Ivy has consistently brought a smile to his face, given him hope to persevere, and reminded him of his love for nature, exploration, and play. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, Ivy's left leg started to lose strength until it became completely paralyzed, and now her right leg is also paralyzed. She can no longer walk, isn't eating, is dealing with incontinence, and is in extreme pain.
The last 2 pictures slightly depict the beginning of her paralysis. We did not want to place very disturbing images online, so Marcelino may share more pictures and videos if asked.
Marcelino Bitar, a 26-year-old Lebanese working student, is like a brother to me and has one of the purest hearts I know. He is currently striving to continue his education in agricultural engineering while grappling with the escalating costs of living in crisis-stricken Lebanon. Marcelino is already heavily burdened with rent, tuition, transportation, medication, and other fees that have become exorbitant due to inflation in our country.
As Ivy is considered a severe case, she requires surgery to remove the herniated disc material and relieve pressure on the spinal cord. The surgeon mentioned that she will likely need post-surgery physical therapy and rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility. The estimated costs of scans, surgery, physiotherapy, and medicines will likely range from 1500 to 2000 USD. While we do not know the exact amount yet, we have set 1700 USD as our target. Marcelino cannot afford these costs, and I am unable to support him on my own, which is why we need your help.
I understand that we can't solve every problem, but I am determined to launch this small initiative to support my friend, who has always been there for me and countless others in times of need, and to help Ivy walk again because I can't even begin to convey the amount of suffering she's in.
Your support, no matter how big or small, will make an immediate and significant difference in their lives. Please join me in standing by Ivy and Marcelino during this heavy period of need. Your contribution will not only impact their lives but also serves as a testament to human solidarity and our ability to stand by one another in times of need.
Note: Marcelino has given his consent to share the above information and also to share his contact details with anyone who requests it.