Candi is a 3y/o female spayed maltese mix that was rescued from a South Korean meat/ extract farm by the American Maltese Association Rescue. Candi was noted to have a heart murmur by her regular veterinarian. She was examined by Dr. Lefbom in the cardiology department where she was diagnosed with a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). She was then referred to Dr. Anderson in the surgery department to have surgery to correct her Patent Ductus Arteriosus.
The ductus arteriosus exists in the fetus to allow blood to bypass the lungs (where it would normally be oxygenated and then sent to the rest of the body). This is because the fetus gets oxygenated blood directly from the mother’s bloodstream. Once born, this pathway normally closes off to allow regular blood flow between the heart and the lungs. The ductus connects the aorta to the main pulmonary artery and abnormal blood flow can cause changes in the heart and eventual heart failure. If this is corrected before permanent changes occur, the prognosis can be very good. Dr. Anderson safely corrected this defect in order to vastly improve Candi’s quality of life.
After the surgery, Candi was cleared by Dr. Lefbom (CVCA) with no heart murmur. Furthermore, Candi was adopted by one of the surgery technicians, and her daughter has renamed her Lilly Pearl Rose, AKA, Lilly.