Pippa, a three year old Scotty has been a HAH client for several years. Last July, after her owners came home from a short trip they found Pippa vomiting. They immediately brought her to the HAH were an evaluation was done and a variety of therapies were discussed.
Pippa’s symptoms were treated and she went home with strict monitoring instructions for continued vomiting. After a day at home the vomiting persisted so she was brought back to the HAH for x-rays and bloodwork. X-rays revealed that Pippa indeed had ingested a foreign object and surgical intervention was required.
Dr. Heim took her to surgery that day with the assistance of Dr. Sessa. During surgery, a portion of a rubber ball was found stuck in her intestines. There was extensive damage to the duodenum (portion of the intestines just beyond the stomach). Because of the multiple important structures in this area, removing the damaged tissue was not a possibility and a patch was made using other areas of her intestine. The goal of this patch –a serosal patch- was to assist in the regeneration of the damaged intestinal tissue.
Sometimes referred to as a surgical parachute, this patch ultimately results in full regeneration of damaged intestinal tissue. However, this is not a guaranteed solution. Healing of this kind usually takes 2 weeks. Because the compromised tissue was left in Pippa’s body, the chance for complications was increased. Recovery would be a race with time to see what would grow faster, the infection or the healthy tissue.
Pippa was armed with all she needed to sustain this fight. For the next two weeks her doctors updated treatments and test every day to battle each change in her symptoms. After transfusions, blood tests and intensive monitoring, Pippa did recover.
Now, several months later, Pippa is home and very happy. Her parents are pleased to have their love back to normal and grateful to be able to share her story with us. Pippa was a trooper and we are pleased to showcase her as our November Patient of the Month.