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Alfie the French bulldog Puppy with owner and veterinary nurse Hannah Myburgh. Alfie has a terminal heart condition, and owner Hannah is doing a skydive to raise the money for the operation to put it right. Picture: Matthew Usher. Alfie the French bulldog Puppy with owner and veterinary nurse Hannah Myburgh. Alfie has a terminal heart condition, and owner Hannah is doing a skydive to raise the money for the operation to put it right. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, April 11, 2014
11:00 AM

Veterinary nurse Hannah Myburgh took the French bulldog home after he was diagnosed with a fatal condition – the mother of two wanted to make the poorly pooch’s short life a happy one.

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Alfie the French bulldog Puppy with owner and veterinary nurse Hannah Myburgh. Alfie has a terminal heart condition, and owner Hannah is doing a skydive to raise the money for the operation to put it right. Picture: Matthew Usher.Alfie the French bulldog Puppy with owner and veterinary nurse Hannah Myburgh. Alfie has a terminal heart condition, and owner Hannah is doing a skydive to raise the money for the operation to put it right. Picture: Matthew Usher.

But just three weeks ago the Myburgh family, from Foxley near Dereham, were told there could be a way to lengthen the cheeky six-month-old’s life – with a £2,800 operation.

Mrs Myburgh does not have the money to pay for the life-saving procedure, so she has vowed to fundraise the cash to mend her beloved family pet’s heart.

“We couldn’t bear the idea of losing him now,” the 36-year-old said.

“He’s part of our family and has taken over our lives.

“He is more than a dog, he’s my companion and without him there would be such a big gap.”

The larger-than-life character has a good chance of surviving the specialist heart valve operation which would allow blood to flow properly.

If successful it would stop his heart getting more damaged from the duo of heart conditions, aortic stenosis and pulmonic stenosis, and give him a normal life with the family he loves.

“I can’t ignore Alfie’s chance of long term happiness,” Mrs Myburgh, who works at Taverham Veterinary Practice, said.

“We are trying to mend his heart. Alfie is a happy, lively and extremely naughty puppy and deserves to have his heart fixed.

“And once he has, he will live a full life, and can run around as a normal puppy would.”

Next month the animal lover will do a sponsored skydive over Beccles Airfield to contribute to the fund.

“If that doesn’t raise the money needed, I’m going to have to come up with some other wacky schemes to save our poorly pup – I just have to do something to help him,” she said.

Hannah’s sponsored skydive is on May 2.

To sponsor her visit www.gofundme.com/Alfie-french-bull-dog

Are you raising money for a heart-rending cause? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

5 comments

  • Just what has mankind done breeding dogs like that? It's well known that French Bulldogs are a flawed breed.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Dogs. This afternoon, I observed a young woman pushing her duplex kiddy trolley through a few piles of doggy doo. She also trod in it herself. The `upside` was that it was one or more of her three (3) dogs that dumped the detritus. `Downside` was the poor old lady on a Zimmer who had done likewise. What is this bizarre obsession with dogs? Enough is enough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Seems cruel to put the poor animal through extensive surgery that may well be very very painful for it, I would have it put to sleep and give the money to a children's hospice or cancer charity.

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    blister

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Such compassion on here today....Good job we don't have the same opinions on putting humans to sleep when they become ill or God help us all!

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    Queenie

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I agree with John. It is hard to find a breed these days not afflicted by genetic flaws caused by bad and greedy breeding. Even my little ratter, which came cheap and unvetted was found to have a rattling heart murmur a few weeks after I got it-nine years later it is still going strong but the minute it shows signs of suffering it will be put to sleep.Putting dogs and cats through extensive surgery and painful recovery is cruel.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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