MSPCA-Angell Rescues Homeless Kittens Born without Eyelids

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Anna wraps her paws around her sister Elsa as both are evaluated by Dr. Coster.

Anna wraps her paws around her sister Elsa as both are evaluated by Dr. Coster. Credit: MSPCA-Angell

Two scared and dirty kittens born without eyelids were pulled from a drainage pipe and rushed to the MSPCA-Angell in late August and are now awaiting sight-saving surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, the organization announced today.

The 10-week-old kittens—now named “Anna” and “Elsa”—were rescued by a good Samaritan from a construction site in Dorchester. The kittens were born without upper eyelids, a rare congenital condition known as Agenesis. To save their eyesight, Angell Ophthalmologist Dr. Martin Coster will attach tissue from their lower lips to the muscles that enable them to blink which, in effect, reconstructs the missing lids.

The operation is similar to the one Dr. Coster performed on a kitten named “Phil,” whose story of recovery from Agenesis made headlines around the world last December.

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The surgery is expected to cost over $2,000 and will be paid for by Spike’s Fund, a fund that pays the medical care costs of homeless animals in the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center. That fund, owing to the dozens of dogs, cats and other animals surrendered this past summer requiring expensive medical care, is nearly depleted.

Anyone who wishes to donate may do so by clicking Elsa (front) and Anna (rear) arrive for their pre-surgery evaluation. Elsa (front) and Anna (rear) arrive for their pre-surgery evaluation.[/caption]

Angell's Dr. Martin Coster evaluates Elsa before her surgery.

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Angell's Dr. Martin Coster evaluates Elsa before her surgery.

 

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