Good Samaritan

An Adopted Tabby’s New Lease on Life

Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04 Ph.D.

Roya E. and Gyan H. of Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted a cat. So they did what many animal lovers do-they went to their local shelter to adopt an adult animal in need of a home. They fell in love with an orange tabby, and named him "Chester" (he had previously been called "Cheetoh," but they thought he looked more like a "Chester"). On January 30, 2012-Chester's adoption day-his life changed forever.

Chester in his mask
The ICU staff saw that Chester was having trouble sleeping with the bright lights and all the tests, so they made an eye mask to help him relax. He also received round-the-clock care.

Roya and Gyan noticed right away that Chester didn't seem to play like a young cat would. He had little energy, his breathing was not quite right, and his body also had an unusual shape. After a few trips to the veterinarian it was discovered that Chester had a diaphragmatic hernia (a tear in the diaphragm) that caused his internal organs-stomach, small intestines, liver, spleen-to move into his chest, which affected his breathing. Because he also had a healed pelvic fracture, it was thought that Chester had been hit by a car.


Chester today, healthy and happy

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Chester's Team

Chester's team (left to right) Krystal Fortier ('13 DVM); Elizabeth Nordeen ('13 DVM); Dr. Boel Fransson, WSU veterinary surgeon; and Dr. Kelly Might, WSU veterinary surgery resident

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