It was decided that the veterinarians at HSSV would attempt open-heart surgery on the little kitten, even though she was only 8 weeks old.
"Anytime you are opening the chest cavity and are doing surgery millimeters from the heart, it is extremely risky," Campbell said. "However, all of these reservations would not stop up from trying. We knew we had the skill and had done our homework in order to try and save her life."
The revolutionary surgery lasted over two hours. Campbell, along with veterinarians Dr. Andrea Moore and Dr. Andrea Berger, worked tirelessly on opening Maxie's chest and cutting back a part of her heart so that her esophagus would have the room it needed.
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