“i’m a survivor!”
this is marley! … all 1.3 kgs of him! marley is a tiny chihuahua with a whole lot of fight! this is marley’s miraculous story as told by his mommy, denise louise wakeham…
at age 6 months, marley was diagnosed with hepatic microvascular dysplasia (liver disease), a disease that can’t be surgically fixed, apart from food and liver support there’s no cure. this is why he is very tiny. he’s not much bigger than a coca cola can! after many trips to the vet with a variety of tests done (blood and CT scans), marley took a turn for the worst and was then also diagnosed with meningitis at 8 months.
through marley’s toughest time money was no option. if he needed it, he got it. i’d work overtime if i had to. specialist vets questioned marley’s life quality, but there was something about marley that i couldn’t give up on. so everyday marley stayed by my side and took his medication. even in the darkest days with no energy he found it in him to look up and kiss away my tears – how could i not fight for him?
after a few weeks, marley’s medication for meningitis and his liver disease started to work. it was a long fight, but it was a fight worth fighting. after doing thorough research while staying up most nights to talk to people online in america, i was able to get some great advice from people who genuinely cared. there was hope..
today marley is just over a year old and off medication for meningitis. he has been doing well and recently went in for blood tests to see how his liver is coping. they came back in the normal range. not only did marley beat the odds, but he BEAT liver disease! with his liver disease under control, marley is now the happiest little dog!
marley is so full of love and life and his tail wags constantly. people ask if i regret getting marley because of his problems and my answer is always no. i couldn’t be a more proud mommy to such a wonderful dog! he is my little miracle chihuahua. marley is a reminder that life can be beautiful with hope. his small, but mighty personality gives me strength.
congratulations denise, marley is not only a miracle, but now he’s also a famous chihauhua!
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