Homeless Kitten Born Without Eyelids To Make Full Recovery

Phil, shown here before his operation, didn’t blink at the chance to get free eye surgery.
Phil, shown here before his operation, didn’t blink at the chance to get free eye surgery. –Rob Haplin, Director, Public Relations

Phil, a homeless kitten born without upper eyelids, is looking forward to a life of full vision thanks to surgery performed by Dr. Martin Coster of Angell Animal Medical Center.

Phil’s condition is called Agenesis, which leaves cats unable to blink. If not for the surgery, Phil’s eyes would have dried out to the point of permanent blindness. Dr. Coster used pieces of tissue from Phil’s lip and attached it to the muscles that control blinking on the eye.

Dr. Coster performed the surgery for free but said it would have cost $1600 for the average patron. Of the 60,000 visits to Angell Animal Medical Center each year, there are only 1 or 2 cases of kittens with Agenesis.

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Just six days after the operation, Phil has been cleared for a 99 percent chance he will live the rest of his life with vision.

Phil was taken in by the adoption center manager at MSPCA along with his “best feline friend’’ Vixen. Phil will continue to heal for the next week until he and Vixen are placed for adoption together in time for the holidays.

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