Jill Layton
August 17, 2015 11:30 am

A golden retriever in Kailua, Hawaii, was diagnosed with cancer and was given only a 10 percent chance of survival. Lily and her family were told she had a Hemangiosarcoma, which is a highly invasive form of cancer that almost exclusively occurs in dogs, specifically golden retrievers. The survival rate is so low because most dog owners don’t notice the tumor until it’s large enough to see, often times after the dog has collapsed — but at that point, it has usually already metastasized. So for Lily, things really weren’t looking good.

The veterinarian told the family that Lily’s tumor only had a 10 percent chance of being benign, and that in 20 years, it’s never happened. But the family wasn’t going to give up on their girl.

They described what happened on their YouTube page. “We didn’t want to give up,” the family wrote. “We emptied our savings account and did the surgery. They removed a 6 pound tumor! She immediately seemed better. But they said it would only be temporary. That in a few months she would bleed out. I kept saying, ‘but what if it is benign?’ They were clear that it has never happened in their whole career and we should be prepared and just enjoy our time with her.”

We can’t/don’t want to imagine what that news must have felt like for Lily’s family. But one agonizing week after the surgery, they received the results, and the news was exactly what they hoped for. Lily’s tumor was, in fact, benign! Making this story even more beautiful, the family noted that the vet tech at Feather and Fur Animal Hospital used her own dog’s blood to give Lily an emergency blood transfusion.

Of course, they needed to tell Lily the fantastic news. So, this video, which now has over a million views, is the exact moment Lily finds out she doesn’t have cancer. We believe Lily totally understood what her mom was telling her. Really, she gets it. And even if she didn’t, her reaction makes our hearts burst.

Featured image via YouTube

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