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SHAHS - Super Hero's Animal Hydrocephalus Society's Annual T-shirt Fundraiser
Please join SHAHS in raising Awareness for Animals with Hydrocephalus! All funds raised help support the medical care for our cats, support financial aid for other animals with neurological disorders & education/advocacy. Thank you!
About this campaign
Help us Keep on Fighting for our Little Hydro Girl!! KOA LILO, our Tiny Warrior!
This t-shirt is an extra special one to us because it honors Lilo: our resilient, brave, strong, little Amazonian warrior!
Lilo just had her 3rd birthday on 4/28/22 and has already been through 5 brain surgeries in the last 2.5 years. She is one of only a few cats worldwide that has 2 shunts to manage her hydrocephalus [a disorder where excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collects in the brain leading to brain damage, seizures, blindness, cognitive and mobility deficits, etc].
Her first forebrain shunt (a human pediatric programmable shunt) was placed in September 2019, but immediately failed and was replaced a few weeks later. This shunt removes the excess fluid collecting in her forebrain (the uppermost, front part of the brain), by draining the extra CSF from her brain into her abdomen, where it's absorbed by the body. While this shunt did lessen the amount of fluid in her forebrain, it did not impact the CSF that was collecting in her back brain (4th ventricle), which was compressing her brain stem and spinal cord. As the pressure on her brainstem and spinal cord increased, she began losing the ability to walk and it compromised her vital life functions, thus it became a life threatening situation.
In 2021 she had 2 more surgeries to open up the back of her skull to give her brain more room to expand, thus reducing the pressure inside her brain, and they also hollowed out her first cervical vertebrae so the fluid could flow more effectively down her spinal cord: they hoped the excess fluid in her back brain would drain better now. Unfortunately, those surgeries failed to correct the problem, so on 4/28/22, her 3rd birthday, a second shunt was implanted in the 4th ventricle, the area in the back brain where the CSF was puddling. This surgery was a success and Lilo is recovering well and getting back to her spunky old self!
Lilo has an incredible spirit and will to live, and she fights hard every day to overcome her disorder, so she can continue to stand alongside her Hydro siblings, helping to raise more awareness about Hydrocephalus and raise more funds to support many more animals with this disorder in the years to come.
Please help us honor Lilo and her mission to spread awareness about hydrocephalus, by purchasing and wearing one of her shirts!