Thursday, October 18

Kabang Arrives At UC Davis!

I'm sure you all remember Kabang, the hero dog the saved two little girls from a speeding motorcycle at great cost to her.  If you don't remember, here is a quick recap, due to her heroic efforts, Kabang lost her snout and has been living on antibiotics to keep her healthy.  In need of a life saving surgery, Kabang's story reached around the world and launched a fund raising effort to get her to UC Davis for this surgery.  Well, on October 10th, Kabang made it to UC Davis.  Below is the update brought to us by Dogster.

We've been following the story of Kabang, the hero dog who lost her snout when she jumped in front of a motorcycle and saved two little girls in the Philippines. Since the accident, Kabang has gotten on remarkably well, though she hasn't been able to receive proper veterinarian care to close the wound on her face. 
After Kabang's online fame grew, an international effort dubbed Project Kabang developed to raise the money to bring the dog to the United States, where she would be able to receive life-saving surgery.  

Photo: Gregory Urquiaga / UC Davis 
The effort paid off: On Oct. 10, Kabang finally arrived at UC Davis' famed Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Based on a preliminary exam, veterinary surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete are confident Kabang will be fine. 
“We are pleased with what we discovered today,” Verstraete said, according to UC Davis. “We are confident we can improve her condition going forward.” 

Photo: Gregory Urquiaga / UC Davis 
“Kabang has suffered catastrophic injuries to her face," said Arzi. "While we had consulted over photos and video, we were not able to make a proper determination of the care we would be able to offer Kabang until we examined her in person.”

Photo: Gregory Urquiaga / UC Davis 
Kabang will not receive a prosthetic snout. Instead, she will receive two surgeries. One to focus on dental work, and another to close the "gaping wound" on her face to prevent infection and improve her life. Doctors believe Kabang will be at the hospital for six weeks.
We'll continue to keep you updated on this remarkable dog's progress.  

Photo: Gregory Urquiaga / UC Davis

My fingers are crossed for Kabang!  What a special dog she is.