An 11-year-old boy named Kian was born premature, which led to his poor health condition. He is suffering from autism, secondary immunodeficiency syndrome and degenerative bones and soft tissues. He was not a happy kid until his family decided to bring home an adorable cat who changed his life forever.
Meet Simba the beautiful kitty!
Kian was four years old when he first met Simba and both of them quickly got along and became inseparable. The smart kitty cat became his tiny guardian angel who would immediately alarm his human family when Kian is having issues with his health.
“He once was walking along and just fell like a lead weight to the floor unconscious,” Becky Green, Kian’s mother, said to Love Meow.
This Kid has autism and he hopes for his best friend cat to live
“At the time Kian spent most of his life screaming and self harming – the world was scary for him as he was so often in hospital, but Simba was his safe place. He would sit with Kian and calm him, sit on the sofa next to his head, go on his head if he was banging it on the floor, or place his paws on Kian’s hands if he was hitting or pinching himself.”
Simba makes sure Kian goes to sleep every night and stays with him until morning. The cat would never leave his best friend and always keeps an eye out for him.
One day, Simba accidentally got out from the front door while Becky was out taking her kids to school. They looked for him all day but Simba was nowhere to be found until a Facebook message from a neighbor was received by Becky stating that the cat was hit by a car.
“I drove home as fast as I could and when I called him he tried to rub to me but his legs were so mashed up, facing the wrong way…. I picked him straight up and ran to my car. My mum sat in the passenger seat holding him and he purred and purred like a lion,” Becky told Love Meow.
Simba suffered several injuries including severely damaged legs.
Despite his autism, Kian visits his best friend often…
“Simba was purring and giving us the love look deep into our eyes. When they said he had no internal injuries, we knew we had to try for him. The vets knew they couldn’t help as he needed specialists, so we took him to Queens in Cambridge the next day.”
The family was completely shuttered when the animal doctors suggested putting Simba down. That was not something Kian wanted to hear, then he started screaming.
“Kian was with us and hysterical – he laid on the floor begging the vet to try. She said she’d look at him under anesthesia but she thought he should be put to sleep as it was a big job,” Becky told Love Meow.
“They brought Simba in to say goodbye to us, and Kian was inconsolable. Then Simba tried to crawl to him but with only his back legs working, he used them to push himself across the floor. I stopped him, and he looked up at me and tried to meow – he wanted Kian.”
When Becky picked Simba up and laid him on the child. The cat began rubbing the face of his best friend as if saying it’s okay – everything will be okay.
“It was the most heartbreaking moment of my life. The veterinary nurse told me to try as ‘that cat wants to live’.”
The family does not want to give up and will try everything to save poor Simba. They called a world-class orthopedic-neuro veterinary surgeon named Professor Noel Fitzpatrick hoping that the good doctor will help the cat survive.
“The wonderful surgeons whisked him straight to surgery and said they could save him or at least try. He has since been there for seven weeks. He’s had numerous operations for skin grafts, bone reconstruction techniques that only they can do in the world,” Becky told Love Meow.
Kian could not contain himself worried that he might not see his best friend again alive. He insisted on visiting the cat regularly.
“He said ‘it’s my body, my choice and my best friend needs me, and I’m going to see him!’ We try to visit 4 – 5 days a week. It’s a 260-mile round trip that should take 7 – 9 hours.”
Kian is suffering from autism, secondary immunodeficiency syndrome and degenerative bones and soft tissues.
“He will have to remain in a crate but it will be so nice to have him home for a while so he can relax and recharge. Every day we have an in-depth conversation amongst ourselves and with his medical staff on whether we should continue to do this, and every day he sits up and says, ‘hey I’m still here, still fighting. Don’t give up.’ He never ever hisses, bites, scratches or anything.”
The doctors are positive that Simba survives and will soon go home to his family!
“I’ve not slept in I don’t know how long and I’ve non stopped cried tonight so excuse the puffy eyes and appearance. I’m too tired to care atm.”
“Simba is en route back to surgery. The external metal work along the length of the right leg was removed yesterday in a bid to get the wrist moving as it supported the bottom framework and made it rigid. It’s proving too heavy so he’s going back down now to have the external metalwork changed for something lighter. God bless his little fluffy face he is really so resilient and so trusting he goes with the flow.”
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