Luke and Skywalker were found by a member of the public taped up in a wet cardboard box in Victoria Park, East London. Concerned about the little one's welfare the gentleman called the Celia Hammond Animal Trust for help and one of our rescue workers went to collect the hungry, bedraggled pair.
They arrived at the clinic, underweight, covered in fleas, scared and hungry. When we took them out of the box we were horrified to discover both kittens had suffered appalling injuries. Skywalker was barely able to walk and x rays revealed he had suffered a spinal injury - a subluxation of his sacral spine. Luke had terrible injuries to both back feet and his tail. All the toes on his back feet and his tail tip had been severed, they were terribly infected and Luke had lost the pads on both back feet along with his toes. We do not know what caused these injuries. Despite the pain these kittens were in they immediately purred and wanted cuddles and love.
The vets immediately started pain relief for both kittens and cleaned and dressed Luke's wounds. Both kittens now face a long period of rehabilitation. Skywalker will need physiotherapy to help him learn to walk again and Luke will need extensive reconstructive surgery and physiotherapy to provide him with functional feet and to enable him to walk without pain.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust has set up a Justgiving page to help raise funds towards their care. Any donations would be hugely appreciated. An orthopaedic referral clinic quoted us £14,000 for Luke's INITIAL operation alone . http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/celiahammond/lukeskywalker
PLEASE BE AWARE, Some of the photos shown at the foot of our Justgiving page are images of the injuries sustained to Luke which you may find distressing.