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Gizmo gets urgent surgery thanks to random act of kindness

VET BILL: Anieka Smith with Gizmo after surgery on his eye thanks to a generous cash donation from a stranger. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
VET BILL: Anieka Smith with Gizmo after surgery on his eye thanks to a generous cash donation from a stranger. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

IT WAS the kind act from a total stranger that has given little Gizmo the maltese shih tzu the gift of sight.

Gizmo's owners Anieka and Lionel Smith were left in a state of panic after realising they could not afford to pay for urgent surgery for their pooch when he suffered a popped eye.

But help came in the form of an anonymous donation of $500 after the couple made a call out via social media.

"We were at home on Sunday morning and all of a sudden both of our dogs were barking. I walked outside and found Gizmo. His eye was swollen, bloodshot and not in the eye socket like it was supposed to be," Mrs Smith said.

"We called around to different vets to see what the price would be to get him in. Our vet wanted $280 up front before they would do anything but we just didn't have that type of money on us."

Mrs Smith said she got hold of Clarence Bere from Bundaberg South Vet Clinic who was getting ready to go home for the day when he changed his plans to help Gizmo.

"He told us to bring Gizmo straight in and said he would keep the bill as low as he could and would help us set up an account with VetPay so we could pay it off," she said.

"Unfortunately, our application was denied because we are on a carers payment and did not fit the criteria, so it was back to square one."

While Gizmo was getting treatment, the couple set up a GoFundMe page that was linked to Facebook in the hope of raising money to help pay off the almost $1000 bill.

"We got about $230 in donations and then we received an amazing call from Clarence who had told us someone had just called the surgery to give us a $500 donation towards the bill," Mr Smith said.

"They told Clarence that they were in the same situation once before and wanted to help out. We are so shocked and thankful."

Veterinarian Clarence Bere told the NewsMail it was that type of random act of kindness that made his job a fantastic one.

"It makes me feel good about the world. There are terrible things happening all over but once in a while you get these good deeds done for others," he said.

Dr Bere said Gizmo's popped eye was a common occurrence in dogs with bulging eyes, and the pooch had a button on his eye to sew it shut while he was on the road to recovery.

"The finances were an issue but it is an eye and had to be fixed," he said.

"A total stranger has come on board to help make that happen. As a human being, it makes me feel good. Being able to be part of this amazing experience where people come in and give back to others. We have to have faith in the people."

Mr and Mrs Smith said they would like to thank everyone who helped donate to Gizmo's cause.

 

GREAT WORK: Veterinarian Clarence Bere from Bundaberg South Vet Clinic performed eye surgery on Gizmo. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GREAT WORK: Veterinarian Clarence Bere from Bundaberg South Vet Clinic performed eye surgery on Gizmo. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

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