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Please Donate to Help Ava's Best Friend, Luna

MIDVALE, Utah – An 8-year-old girl needs your help to bring her fondest wish back home with her today. 

Ava Handley, who has undergone multiple scoliosis surgeries herself, was overjoyed when she received Luna, 1-year-old poodle mix, about a year ago through the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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But recently, something was wrong with Ava’s best buddy. Luna had lost weight and seemed to be trying to cough something up.

An ultrasound test revealed some kind of foreign matter virtually filling Luna’s stomach. So Dr. Christina Boekhout, who is board-certified veterinary surgeon at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, placed Luna under anesthesia and performed a gastrotomy, an incision of stomach.

Boekhout successfully removed the foreign object from Luna’s stomach – it turned out to be the head of a teddy bear.

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“Luna has an excellent prognosis and I expect she will live a long and happy life,” Boekhout said.

However, now Ava's family is faced with an overwhelming medical bill to cover the cost of the surgery. After multiple surgeries, medical appointments, and treatments for her daughter over the years, Ava's single mom is tapped out and needs your help. 

For the Handley family, the most important thing is simply knowing that Luna has a great prognosis and can go home for lots of snuggles and play time with Ava and her 5-year-old sister Sylvie.

Please donate to help Ava and her best friend. 


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