Posted May 11, 2019 10:01:25 The family of an eight-year-old cat that died from sepsis at a Philadelphia animal hospital has opened up about how she died, and what she meant to them and their family.
The cat, named Grace, had been admitted to the community animal hospital in March with severe pneumonia and was undergoing an experimental therapy at the time of her death.
The hospital has been in the news this week after a viral outbreak in the hospital, including a case in which patients died from the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Grace’s family posted a video to Facebook showing the cat, who was diagnosed with sepsi in January, sitting on the couch, breathing, and sleeping.
The family said Grace, who has the same name as a pet from China, had come to them with pneumonia and dehydration and that she needed to be moved out of the intensive care unit.
They said the family called the hospital after seeing the video and asked to have Grace moved to a different facility.
They then called the emergency department and called the ambulance, but Grace died after being transported to the hospital.
“I was not aware of the seriousness of her condition until after the fact,” the family said in the video.
“She was in a good place, with good care, and she was being treated for sepsia, which is very uncommon,” said Dr. Michael Rieger, an infectious diseases specialist at Mercy Medical Center.
The Cat and the Zoo was founded in 2015 to provide free care to pets and animals in need of assistance.
The organization has raised more than $50 million in donations to help care for pets and to help raise awareness about the importance of animal welfare.
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