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Anonymous Donor Establishes
Katy Promise Fund

Promise
MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital orthopaedic patient Promise is shown after surgery successfully restored function in
her hind limbs.

An MU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumnus, recently established a fund to help orthopaedic patients owned by caring Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital clients with severe financial limitations. The donor is from southern Missouri and has chosen to remain anonymous.

This fund was initiated when this veterinarian personally arranged for and financed surgery for a young dog, Katy, owned by a 90-plus-year old couple who could not coordinate or afford needed surgery on their own. He personally transported the patient to MU for orthopaedic surgery that restored her to full, pain-free function.

The generous donor then contributed additional funds to help another patient, Promise, who was adopted by some good Samaritans with limited financial means. Promise had ilial, pubic, ischial, sacral, lumbar, and tail fractures, was completely paralyzed in the hind limbs and incontinent. Because of this Mizzou CVM alumnus’ help, Promise was able to have surgery that restored her to full function and a wonderful life with her new loving owners.

Promise’s preoperative radiograph
Promise’s preoperative radiograph is shown.

The fund has been named the Katy Promise Fund and will be continued in support of MU veterinary orthopaedic patients. Anybody who would like to contribute to the Katy Promise Fund is asked to contact Dr. Carolyn Gallo in the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Development: 888-850-2357


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