'Bucket List' puppy's surgery doesn't go as planned


    'Bucket List' puppy awaits life-saving surgery (PHOTO: Rescued Hearts Northwest)


    Logan, a German Shepherd puppy with a broken heart, traveled from Ferndale, Wash. to Fort Collins, Colo., to get a potentially life-saving surgery.

    He left Ferndale Wednesday for the Thursday surgery at Colorado State University. Logan is resting Thursday evening after spending several hours in surgery.

    The surgery didn't go as planned. According to Rescued Hearts Northwest, the vet performing the surgery, Dr. Brian Scansen, found another abnormality in his heart.

    He is missing a vein that goes back to his heart, KMGH reports.

    Thursday's surgery was supposed to buy Logan time before an open heart surgery planned for when he is 6 months old. Rescued Hearts Northwest will now work to "grow Logan" before they come back for the next surgery.

    According to a statement from Scansen, "the plan for Logan was and, now even more so, remains open heart surgery. He has two valves that are abnormal, the pulmonary valve, which we were hoping to dilate today, and the tricuspid valve, which always would have required open heart surgery."

    It's cases like Logan that really emphasize why I do this job. Logan will be back and I remain hopeful that we will give him a fix that provides a good and full life.
    It's heartbreaking not to be successful today. But when we see the outpouring of care and concern in Washington state, Colorado and, truly, across the country, that has been expressed for Logan, it tells us how important the human-animal bond is, as well as how much these animals mean to the family, to those who care for them, and even to those they have never met.
    And it's why I come to work every day.

    Logan was diagnosed with Pulmonic Valve Dysplasia after Rescued Hearts Northwest took him in. Vets who saw Logan believed his condition was inoperable, so his foster family created a bucket list for him to live life to the fullest.

    His big quest caught the attention of Scansen with. Scansen believed he was capable of performing a surgery that would allow Logan to live longer than his year-long life expectancy.

    Scansen is from Snohomish and received his undergraduate degrees at University of Washington. He is currently an associate professor of cardiology and section head of cardiology and cardiac surgery at Colorado State University.

    According to Rescued Hearts Northwest, Scansen said Logan will need two surgeries to be performed. One now, and another when Logan is six months old.

    Rescued Hearts Northwest is still trying to raise the funds for Logan's travel and surgery expenses through a GoFundMe they set up.

    You can follow Logan's adventure on the Rescued Hearts Northwest Facebook page.


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