The Helmet Princess: Milly’s Tale of Strength and Love

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 11, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: September 11, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

There's a new helmet princess on the block!

Say hello to Mildred, affectionately called Milly, Milton, Millard and many other names.

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Milly has quickly stolen hearts and earned a special place in our community.

However, her choice to don a helmet is not merely a fashion statement.

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She was born with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid was building up in her brain, leading to shaking and loss of coordination.

She also had a large cyst on her brain and a malformation in her spine. To make matters worse, her right front leg was missing a bone.

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Undeterred by these obstacles, Milly's tenacious spirit has inspired Caroline, a compassionate carer from the Baby Kitten Rescue, to dedicate herself fully to helping Milly have a chance at a brighter future.

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Caroline's commitment to Milly's well-being was already evident when she provided a nurturing environment for Otter, another endearing feline that needed a helmet for protection. 

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Otter needed cutting-edge brain surgery for his own healing, and this paved the way for Milly's journey.

Because of this, Caroline knew that a similar path awaited her newest charge.

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Following thorough examinations, veterinary professionals confirmed that brain surgery would be the only solution for Milly's long-term recovery.

The insertion of a shunt would facilitate the drainage of excess fluid from her brain, alleviating the pressure and halting the tremors.

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Meanwhile, Milly proudly donned her custom-made helmet, allowing her to engage in playful antics without endangering her delicate head.

According to Caroline, Milly, the helmet princess, radiates an abundance of energy and vitality.

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She adores her toys, with a particular fondness for a vibrant green alligator.

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But beyond her spirited nature, Milly's gentle and affectionate disposition effortlessly captivates the hearts of all who meet her, spreading joy and happiness wherever she roams.

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The surgery was a success and Milly astounded everyone with her resilience and unwavering positive attitude.

Caroline joyfully shared on social media how Milly greeted passersby with affectionate head bumps through her kennel door.

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As she returned home from the hospital, Milly continued to recover remarkably, showing no signs of slowing down.

Caroline delightedly recounted, "Milly has been eating, playing, and purring as if nothing had ever happened!"

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Although Milly may require some additional minor medical interventions, her progress thus far has been nothing short of astonishing.

Finally, she can proudly hang her helmet on the wall, freely engaging in playtime with her beloved green plush buddy. 

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And when weariness creeps in, she can always seek solace in the loving arms of her foster caregiver, who never wavered in their dedication to her.

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Milly's remarkable journey serves as a reminder that when confronted with challenges, love and determination have the ability to bring about extraordinary wonders, enabling us to greet each day with renewed hope.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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