Two week ago, Muffin the little orange striped kitten underwent a risky surgery to remove an improperly implanted microchip that had left him paralyzed. Muffin survived the surgery but veterinarians were unsure if he would ever recover from his paralysis. However, his caretakers have released a video to showcase his improvement over the past two weeks.
Muffin was a perfectly normal and adorable little kitten when he was brought to the Downey Animal Shelter in California. When Muffin was scheduled to have her microchip implanted in accordance with shelter policy, the procedure seemed fine at first. However, almost immediately afterwards, there was clearly something wrong. Muffin's head slumped and he had lost his motor control. After veterinarian x-rays and examinations, it was discovered that the microchip had lodged in Muffin's spine.
The surgery was done to remove the microchip, but it was quite the risky surgery as one small movement of the chip could make the paralysis permanent or even kill Muffin.
Originally, the Downey Animal Shelter had declined to pay for the surgery and treatment afterwards, but after it was determined that their microchip had in fact caused the condition, Los Angeles County's Department of Animal Care and Control contributed $1,500 towards Muffin's cause along with a number of private donations from animal advocates that were outraged by the gross negligence of the shelter. They also deemed that the incident regarding the chip implantation circumstances is under investigation.
Since the surgery, Muffin has regained motor control on the majority of his left side, which was majorly affected by the chip. Even though he is only six weeks old, this little trooper is already trying to walk again and rolling around trying to paw at the stitches on his back.
To check out Muffin's latest progress, have a look at the latest video from the Downey Animal Shelter: