Can you help fix Samsung the kitten's broken heart?

Can you help heal Samsung the kitten’s broken heart?

The RSPCA is raising funds for life-saving surgery for Samsung, a 17-week-old kitten with a serious heart condition.

A routine vet check found that Samsung has a high-grade heart murmur, which turned out to be Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a heart defect that develops at birth. This means his heart does not pump blood correctly.

Surgery is vital to correct this and save Samsung’s life, but it’s expensive – the operation costs around £3,000 and aftercare takes this to £4,000.

Samsung came into the RSPCA Mid-Norfolk and North Suffolk branch in November 2019 with his mother and littermates after their owner could no longer care for them. Samsung’s mum and siblings have all since been rehomed.

Chloe Shorten, animal welfare manager, said: ‘Samsung is a happy and friendly kitten but sadly his condition means he wouldn’t make it past six months old without vital surgery.

‘The risky procedure closes part of the heart to allow the blood to flow correctly.

‘Our vets decided they couldn’t wait any longer to fix Samsung’s broken heart so he had the surgery on Tuesday (10 March) and thankfully he has come round from the operation and is doing well, so much so in fact that the vets are finding it hard to keep him still!

‘We are hopeful that with this surgery Samsung will have a long and happy life ahead of him.

‘The operation is estimated to cost around £3,000 and with his aftercare, this could be in the region of £4,000 which is why we are appealing to our generous supporters to help us raise vital funds for Samsung’s surgery and care.’

If you’d like to help the RSPCA cover the costs of Samsung’s care, you can donate through JustGiving.

The appeal reads: ‘Samsung is only seventeen weeks old and could have a long happy life ahead of him full of catnip, toys and love but we need your help to get him there.’

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