In Westchester County, New York, this nurse practitioner searched for a dog. Welcoming a newborn pit bull barely clinging to life, she knew she had quite the struggle ahead. Love was pulling them through, Marie DeMarco and little Sasha fought the battle together.
Born with a cleft lip and palette, Sasha seemed unable to nurse. This already put her at risk of death on her first day of life. They called Animal rescuer Courtney Bellew to help. After seeing Sasha’s need for immediate attention, she took Sasha over to DeMarco. DeMarco previously nursed ill kittens, so she had the experience. Then, DeMarco discovered Sasha suffered from a fluid buildup in the skull, called hydrocephalus, a urinary tract infection, orthopedic issues, and an upper respiratory infection.
“She has an amazing will and determination,” DeMarco told The Dodo. “Through all this, she really shouldn’t be here.”
Despite her struggles in the first couple months, Sasha gets stronger with every passing day. To keep her warm, she wears cute little sweaters and dresses.
DeMarco claims it’s the love and affection that pulled Sasha through. Day by day, Sasha gains weight. Eventually, Sasha will be fully healthy thanks to the help of DeMarco.