Update on Kabang, this news is not good but vets are hopeful she will pull through. What an amazing dog, to lose half her face then suffer with a tumour & heartworm. I just hope this further set back will not lessen her zest for life. God bless her, my prayers & thoughts are with Kabang & the surgeons who everyone is looking to, to give this sweet girl her face back.
A courageous dog who became an international hero after losing her nose saving two young girls, has had her muzzle-surgery postponed after it was discovered she needs chemo.
Kabang the dog won celebrity status when she jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle to save her owner’s young daughter and niece, but lost her upper jaw in the process.
After the accident her owner was told by Filipino veterinarians he should put her down, but he refused.
Kabang’s plight reached Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, New York, who set up a charity campaign to help.
Care For Kabang raised over $20,000 from 22 countries to cover the costs of surgeries, visas and airfare.
She was flown to the University of California at Davis for specialist treatment to the wound on her face, where doctors discovered a tumour and the heartworm
The veterinarians are ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Kabang will make a full recovery and return to the Philippines, Dr. Jane Sykes of the University hospital said.
‘She’s a very sweet dog and everyone here became attached to her quite quickly,’ the director of the facility’s small animal clinic said.
‘We’re eager to help her get better.’
The horrific accident occurred in December 2011 when the daughter of Kabang’s owner, nine-year-old Dina Bunggal, and her cousin three-year old Princess Diansing, were playing with the dog in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
The girls were crossing a busy street when a motorcycle came speeding right towards them.
Eyewitnesses said that Kabang appeared out of nowhere and threw herself in front the vehicle just before it hit the two children.
Kabang’s face became tangled in the spokes of the bike’s wheel, and her entire upper jaw was torn off.
Kabang, who became a mother to six little puppies in April this year, had a rough start in life when Dina’s father Rudy found her abandoned in a rice paddy.
He brought the dog home to fatten her up and feed her to the family, but his daughter and niece convinced him to spare Kabang and keep her as a pet – a lucky move for both dog and family.
Once recovered from the chemotherapy and heartworm treatment, Kabang will undergo dental surgery and facial reconstruction.
Her veterinarians at U.C. at Davis have said there are no plans to give her a prosthetic nose to replace the one she lost.
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UC Davis examined Kabang this morning. Great news! They are confident they can help her. UC Davis VMTH has created a special section of their website devoted to Kabang. It will be continuously updated with the latest news on Kabang. Check it out: