Kimmie's Story
Update: December 22, 2013

Kimmie completed her rehab and went into a temp foster home. Then we received a phone call from a very nice lady who wanted to know all about Kimmie. She was thinking that she might be the perfect companion for her bunny. The adopter came to meet her at our Sunnyvale show and fell in love. Kimmie was adopted! She now has a loving companion and the greatest bunny mom imaginable. Her new family reports that she is settled in and very happy.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to her care and rehabilitation. Amazing Dr Harvey was able to save her life and Rich's care helped her make it the rest of the way. Now she is in her forever home. It is a dream come true.

Update: October 23, 2013

It's now been a month since Dr. Carolynn Harvey amputated Kimmie's left hind leg due to the severe damage from her badly fractured left hind foot. As anticipated, Kimmie has done great. Better than great; fantastic! The incision healed wonderfully and is already virtually impossible to see because of all the new fur growth . . . and there's still a lot of fur left to re-grow. Her mobility as a tri-pod bunny is excellent, and she can hop, run, stand, binky and run the Bunny 500 as good as anybunny! The only thing she'll need help with for the rest of her life is with ear cleaning. She has excellent litter box habits, loves playing with toys and edible cardboard cylinders, and has even started giving some kisses!

Kimmie is spayed and healed from her surgery and is looking for a foster home or adoptive home that can take her in. If you can help Kimmie, please contact Heather at (831)600-7479 or director@therabbithaven.org.

Update: October 23, 2013

Kimmie continues to do very well in the loving care of her foster dad. Dr. Harvey's amazing surgical removal of her injured leg has enabled Kimmie to have good balance and she was able to keep most of that leg. At ten days post surgery you can see that her incision site is healing and she had adjusted very well.

Her final surgical costs were $1,500.00 even with our discounts. This includes all medical cost from initial injury to her most recent surgery. We have met the half way target of $750.00, but we will need another $750.00 to cover her costs. To help with Kimmie's medical costs, you can donate using The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. Kimmie sends her love.

Update: October 12, 2013

Kimmie is back home after her surgery. She is on great pain medication, antibiotics and is in the excellent care with Rich at her medical foster site. Time for healing now, then rehabilitation for mobility issues. Kimmie is such a beautiful girl. So sorry that we could not save her leg. We are happy that Dr. Harvey was able to take of the damaged foot and save her life. Blessings to Dr. Harvey for an excellent surgery, and to Rich Sievers for great post operative care.

We will keep you posted on her recovery. If you want to help us cover the cost of Kimmie's surgery you can donate to her surgical fund via The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. Send get well wishes to Kimmie.

Update: October 11, 2013

Today Kimmie had surgery at Chabot Vet Clinic/ Dr Harvey is her vet. Her procedure went very well. Kimmie had her left hind foot and part of the leg amputated, to allow for a perfect skin overlap of her amputation site. She woke up nicely post surgery. She will spend the night at Chabot Veterinary Clinic in Hayward, and should be discharged to her foster Dad, Rich, tomorrow. There she will learn how to move without that injured foot and her wounds will heal.

Update: September 29, 2013

Kimmie spent all day Friday September 27th with Dr. Harvey at Chabot Veterinary Clinic in Hayward, where her foot was unwrapped for the first time in several weeks. Unfortunately, the progress was not what we had hoped for. Her foot hangs limp and has not healed. There is nothing else Dr. Harvey can do. There is really only one option - to amputate to prevent other injury. This surgery will also give Kimmi the best chance at a good life.

Dr. Harvey said there is no chance of repairing the original damage, and there's even been additional damage so she thinks it is in Kimmie's best interest to amputate that leg. We agree. Dr. Harvey will do the surgery October 11 and then Kimmi can begin the process of rehabilitation in the kind care of Rich Sievers.

Rich says "Tripod bunnies generally do very well, much better than if the bad leg were left in place. Since Kimmie is a young, strong bunny, Dr. Harvey feels she's an excellent candidate for the surgery. Once it's done, Kimmie will return to foster care here for rehab, with the eventual goal of being placed up for adoption through Rabbit Haven ".

The Rabbit Haven is fundraising now for her surgery. It will run $650.00 - 850.00, Please help us to help Kimmie regain a full life. If you can please donate to her special fund via The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. We cannot let her down now. For any additional information please contact Heather at Rabbit Haven in Scotts Valley at director@therabbithaven.org or by phone at 831 600 - 7479. This was such disappointing news. But we trust Dr Harvey and Kimmie has a a special spirit about her. We think she will do well.

Update: September 11, 2013

Dr. Harvey gave Kimmie a brief recheck today at Chabot, including an xray. She is pleased with Kimmie's progress and says the splint is in place and dry. She did not unwrap the soft cast. She plans to do that at Kimmie's all-day recheck on Friday, 9/27. We continue to be hopeful for a full recovery for Kimmie.

Update: August 18, 2013

Dr. Harvey saw Kimmie at HRS today for a scheduled recheck. She's very pleased with Kimmie's progress. She felt the foot is healing well and is satisfied with how it's stayed wrapped, so she didn't unwrap it. However, she used an applicator to probe under the cast and thinks the splint is staying in place. There was no discharge or odor, so there's likely no infection. She has changed Kimmie's medications. Continue 0.35 cc's Baytril until next recheck, and discontinue the Metacam unless it becomes necessary. Kimmie will see Dr. Harvey again at Chabot in about two weeks, to include an xray.

Update: July 31, 2013

Kimmie saw Dr. Harvey at Chabot so Dr. Harvey could have her all day to recheck her foot. When the splint was first taken off, the foot looked great. Dr. Harvey wanted to anesthetize her and take an xray, and while waiting she applied a soft cast to the foot. Within a few minutes Kimmie had kicked it off, so the soft cast was reapplied. Kimmie managed to again kick it off, this time re-fracturing her foot. We think that it's re-fractured as bad or worse as it was in the beginning. Dr. Harvey now has to reset the foot and splint it all over again. She's keeping Kimmie overnight, as this happened a little bit before 5 so she's going to stay late to do it.

Kimmie

Kimmie broke her leg at her shelter and needed to be rescued and transported to Dr. Harvey immediately by Rabbit Haven. Dr Harvey spent over three hours working on Kimmie to remove dead bone in her feet that protruded through her skin. She then reset her leg, bandaged and splinted. After that Kimmie was hospitalized three days at Chabot for medical support and observation. From Chabot Kimmie was picked up by a medical care foster person who will provide visits to Dr. Harvey, splint changes, medications and care as directed by Dr. Harvey. What a brave girl.

The foster reports that Kimmie is extremely active for a bunny post surgery. She will stretch completely out when resting, or flop on either side. Appetite and water intake is average. Dr. Harvey prescribed pain medications, antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory drug. She is bandaged and splinted. She will see Dr. Harvey at HRS then follow up with her again at Chabot for an x ray to check the progress of the healing fractures. Her bills and medications topped one thousand dollars so far. She's worth it! We are watching for sign of infection, mobility, and are hoping the splint holds properly so her fracture and foot bones will heal.

If you want to donate to help Kimmie you can use The Rabbit Haven's PayPal account or donate by check. Indicate that your donation is for Kimmie, so we know who it is for.

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