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Lincoln was rescued by Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis, MO USA in mid August 2012. His rescue was in response to a call about a 4 week old kitten that had been found with a broken leg next to an abandoned house. I was the volunteer sent to pick him up and take him to the vet. When I first laid eyes on him, my heart sank as I quickly realized that his case was much worse than we expected. I was not looking at a kitten with a broken leg, but at a kitten that was completely immobile in all limbs, effectually quadriplegic. He was unable to sit up or do anything except for laying on his side & ever so slightly lifting his head at times while his eyes took in the scenes around him. Lucky for him, Tenth Life had come to his rescue as they specialize in taking on special needs cases and giving a chance to those cats whom other rescues might not have the time nor monetary resources to try and save. The vet determined that he had suffered an unknown spinal injury. Instructions were given on various physical therapy exercises that could performed, but the outcome was unknown as to whether this kitten would ever be mobile. My boyfriend & I took this as a challenge and decided to become his foster parents. We started his physical therapy that night and over the course of a week, we experienced his 1st paw flexes, sitting up on his own for the 1st time, as well as his 1st steps. Through continued treatment, lots of love, praise & attention, Lincoln is now a fully mobile kitten that can run, bounce, play, and climb. He is an amazing inspiration to all of us!
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