KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 18 – Out of love for her dog, a woman in the UK sold her car and used part of her inheritance to pay for life-saving surgery for her Chihuahua.
Jac Williams, 54, spent a total of £17,500 (RM94,828) on heart surgery to save the life of her dog Louie. Daily mail reported.
To raise the amount, Williams sold her two-year-old Nissan Qashqai for £15,000 (RM81,281) and took the remaining £2,500 (RM13,552) from the estate so Louie could get a mitral valve repair.
“The week before he went in for his surgery, there was a huge decline. His breathing was bad, and when I handed him over, I really didn’t expect to get him back.”
“I knew the surgery was his only chance. I didn’t think he would come home,” said Williams, who is from Wareham, Dorset.
Louie’s condition was picked up by a cardiologist two years ago, for routine teeth brushing.
Williams, a retired nurse, spent time researching Louie’s options, knowing that the specialized surgery would be expensive.
There are only three places in the world that perform the procedure Louie had to undergo: London, Cambridge and Japan.
“The surgeon said we had nothing to lose but a lot of money because he would die without money – probably by the end of the year.”
Since she and her husband did not have pet insurance, they decided to take the financial risk themselves.
Since his surgery, Louie, who is 10 years old, has recovered.
“His surgeon was very pleased with his progress. Everything looks good and we can gradually return to normal sports with another check in February,” she added.