Over the next 17 days, Miss Bean and I went on a roller coaster of improvements and setbacks against the dreaded, deadly FIP, including two more miracles overcoming infections and fluids. The doctors thought that her virus was more resistant to this drug than the viruses infecting other cats that were treated. Her virus levels only fell after higher doses, and when they were dropped back, her condition deteriorated. Eventually, her immune system became too damaged for her.
Miss Bean lost her fight with FIP on July 25, 7:45am. I am grateful I was able to spend time with her throughout the weeks of treatment. She was an amazingly strong kitten who never stopped just trying to play, even when her failing body would not let her. I am also grateful to Dr Pedersen and Dr Kennedy and all the other doctors and interns who did so much to try and save Bean. They have learned a great deal from her and one day FIP will not take so many beautiful innocent lives. I miss Bean. It is hard to believe she is gone.
The night before I was planning to drive up and get Miss Bean's ashes, I happen to see a post on FIPFighters Facebook page about a kitten from Long Beach that had been accepted into the UC Davis trial and needed a way to get there. Long story short, Smokey is resting comfortably in my bathroom and we will make the trek up north in the morning. Just like with Bean, a large group of selfless humans and lots of luck have come together to give this kitten a second chance. And since becoming involved with Dr. Pedersen we have become friends with Walt and his cat Flora, another trial patient. She had a very similar near death fever at the beginning and has since made a miraculous recovery. Her 9-week trial ended on July 13. What gives hope is knowing Flora and Smokey will continue to blaze the trail and receive the healing that Miss Bean so bravely attempted.
To follow Smokey’s progress and his fight with FIP, go to Smokey's story.
In honor of Bean and all the other victims of FIP, I have been working to set up a non profit that will raise money for FIP research. This site represents this work. If you would like support the work of Dr. Pedersen and others who are seeking a cure for FIP, please considering giving.