The Missouri dog receives a life-saving kidney transplant from one of her own puppies

Star (left), a dog in Missouri, has a second chance in life after a rare kidney transplant performed by surgeons in Wisconsin from one of her three-year-old puppies, Elsa (right)

Star (left), a dog in Missouri, has a second chance in life after a rare kidney transplant performed by surgeons in Wisconsin from one of her three-year-old puppies, Elsa (right)

A Missouri dog has a second chance in life after receiving a rare kidney transplant from one of her three-year-old puppies.

Star, the mother dog, almost died from kidney failure after giving birth to Elsa and her many brothers and sisters, but did amazingly full recovery after weeks of medical care at Murphy Animal Hospital in High Ridge.

Star was then adopted by the owner of the Animal Hospital, Shannon Flegle, DVM, who stayed in contact with the many local families who adopted her puppies, including the Murray family from St. Louis, who took Elsa home.

When Star's health went downhill again in the summer, Shannon called Jenny Murray, who talked to the rest of her family and agreed that Elsa would do what she could to save her mother.

On October 10, the two underwent a kidney transplant and both Star and Elsa now recover with their families.

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Star, the mother dog, died almost three years ago from the kidney failure after giving birth to Elsa (behind) and her many siblings, but miraculously underwent a full recovery after weeks of medical care in Murphy Animal Hospital in High Ridge, Missouri

Star, the mother dog, died almost three years ago from the kidney failure after giving birth to Elsa (behind) and her many siblings, but miraculously underwent a full recovery after weeks of medical care in Murphy Animal Hospital in High Ridge, Missouri

Star, the mother dog, died almost three years ago from the kidney failure after giving birth to Elsa (behind) and her many siblings, but miraculously underwent a full recovery after weeks of medical care in Murphy Animal Hospital in High Ridge, Missouri

Returning to three years ago, Star and her nine surviving puppies were found in a nest of 13 on a hot summer's day in a triplex box in South Missouri.

& # 39; They had no food or water, & # 39; said Shannon to Fox 2 News, sitting next to her husband and Star's father, Jeff.

Although her babies, including Elsa, flourished, Star was undernourished, dehydrated, and attacked when the dog family was taken to the Murphy Animal Hospital.

When Star's health went downhill in the summer, Shannon called Jenny Murray, who talked to the rest of her family and agreed that Elsa would do what she could to save her mother; One of Star's other puppies, a male, is shown here, during one of her sick moments

When Star's health went downhill in the summer, Shannon called Jenny Murray, who talked to the rest of her family and agreed that Elsa would do what she could to save her mother; One of Star's other puppies, a male, is shown here, during one of her sick moments

When Star's health went downhill in the summer, Shannon called Jenny Murray, who talked to the rest of her family and agreed that Elsa would do what she could to save her mother; One of Star's other puppies, a male, is shown here, during one of her sick moments

On 10 October, Elsa (photo) and Star have undergone a kidney transplant, and both Star and Elsa are now recovering with their families

On 10 October, Elsa (photo) and Star have undergone a kidney transplant, and both Star and Elsa are now recovering with their families

On 10 October, Elsa (photo) and Star have undergone a kidney transplant, and both Star and Elsa are now recovering with their families

Returning back to three years ago, Star and her nine surviving puppies were found from a litter of 13 on a hot summer's day in a plywood box in South Missouri; Some of Star's puppies are displayed around the time they were born near the date of June 1, 2015

Returning back to three years ago, Star and her nine surviving puppies were found from a litter of 13 on a hot summer's day in a plywood box in South Missouri; Some of Star's puppies are displayed around the time they were born near the date of June 1, 2015

Returning back to three years ago, Star and her nine surviving puppies were found from a litter of 13 on a hot summer's day in a plywood box in South Missouri; Some of Star's puppies are displayed around the time they were born near the date of June 1, 2015

Star is adopted by the owner of the animal hospital, Shannon Flegle, DVM (left) and her husband, Jeff (right)

Star is adopted by the owner of the animal hospital, Shannon Flegle, DVM (left) and her husband, Jeff (right)

Star is adopted by the owner of the animal hospital, Shannon Flegle, DVM (left) and her husband, Jeff (right)

Fortunately, Star went through and recovered from almost fatal kidney failure until last summer when her health went downhill again.

& # 39; One day she just started to vomit and she did not want to eat, & # 39; said Shannon.

Tests confirmed the worst, demonstrating that Star's kidneys failed again.

Shannon kept in touch with the many local families who adopted her puppies, including the Murray family from St. Louis, who brought Elsa home (pictured, on her third birthday on June 1)

Shannon kept in touch with the many local families who adopted her puppies, including the Murray family from St. Louis, who brought Elsa home (pictured, on her third birthday on June 1)

Shannon kept in touch with the many local families who adopted her puppies, including the Murray family from St. Louis, who brought Elsa home (pictured, on her third birthday on June 1)

Star and Elsa were greeted with treats at Hotel Red in Wisconsin, before the operation

Star and Elsa were greeted with treats at Hotel Red in Wisconsin, before the operation

Star and Elsa were greeted with treats at Hotel Red in Wisconsin, before the operation

Frantic to save her fur child, Shannon tried everything she could to improve Star's health

& # 39; I tried IV [intravenous] liquids, a supplement … we've done acupuncture on hair, "Shannon said.

But this time, Star's health did not improve, so Shannon went in search of dialysis and the possibility of a kidney transplant, both of which are incredibly rare for dogs.

Shannon found a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), who was open to carry out a transplant operation on Star, but only if she had a family match to provide the kidney.

Star's health faded again this summer, so Shannon called Jenny Murray, who owns Elsa (shown)

Star's health faded again this summer, so Shannon called Jenny Murray, who owns Elsa (shown)

Star's health faded again this summer, so Shannon called Jenny Murray, who owns Elsa (shown)

Shannon found a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) who was open to carry out a transplant operation on Star, but only if she had a family match to provide the kidney

Shannon found a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) who was open to carry out a transplant operation on Star, but only if she had a family match to provide the kidney

Shannon found a surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) who was open to carry out a transplant operation on Star, but only if she had a family match to provide the kidney

At that moment, Shannon, who had maintained contact with Jenny, made the heartbreaking call for help to Elsa's adoptive family; Star is recuperated after the operation

At that moment, Shannon, who had maintained contact with Jenny, made the heartbreaking call for help to Elsa's adoptive family; Star is recuperated after the operation

At that moment, Shannon, who had maintained contact with Jenny, made the heartbreaking call for help to Elsa's adoptive family; Star is recuperated after the operation

& # 39; She said: & # 39; I have a crazy question for you, "said Jenny about the conversation when Shannon asked if Jenny wanted to reach the owners of Star's puppies; Star is shown after the operation

& # 39; She said: & # 39; I have a crazy question for you, "said Jenny about the conversation when Shannon asked if Jenny wanted to reach the owners of Star's puppies; Star is shown after the operation

& # 39; She said: & # 39; I have a crazy question for you, "said Jenny about the conversation when Shannon asked if Jenny wanted to reach the owners of Star's puppies; Star is shown after the operation

Shannon hoped to find out who would be willing to have their tested dogs checked for a game that, according to Murray, had allowed her to sob all the time; Star is shown after the operation

Shannon hoped to find out who would be willing to have their tested dogs checked for a game that, according to Murray, had allowed her to sob all the time; Star is shown after the operation

Shannon hoped to find out who would be willing to have their tested dogs checked for a game that, according to Murray, had allowed her to sob all the time; Star is shown after the operation

I knew this was a mother, this was her baby, you know? & # 39; Jenny said of Shannon. She would do what she had to do to save her baby; & # 39; Star is shown after the operation

I knew this was a mother, this was her baby, you know? & # 39; Jenny said of Shannon. She would do what she had to do to save her baby; & # 39; Star is shown after the operation

I knew this was a mother, this was her baby, you know? & # 39; Jenny said of Shannon. She would do what she had to do to save her baby; & # 39; Star is shown after the operation

Jenny, who had a family who received a kidney transplant from a living donor, wanted to help, so she made the decision for the rest of her family; Star is given hydrotherapy after her kidney transplant

Jenny, who had a family who received a kidney transplant from a living donor, wanted to help, so she made the decision for the rest of her family; Star is given hydrotherapy after her kidney transplant

Jenny, who had a family who received a kidney transplant from a living donor, wanted to help, so she made the decision for the rest of her family; Star is given hydrotherapy after her kidney transplant

At that time, Shannon, who had maintained contact with Jenny, made the heartbreaking call for help with the adoptive family of Elsa.

& # 39; She said: & # 39; I have a crazy question for you, & # 39; & # 39; said Jenny, of the conversation in which Shannon asked if she wanted to reach the rest of the owners of Star's puppies.

Shannon was hoping to find out who would be willing to have their tested dogs checked for a match, which Murray said she had been sobbing all the time.

Star (shown) almost died when Elsa the puppy was born three years ago

Star (shown) almost died when Elsa the puppy was born three years ago

Elsa (shown) was given the rare opportunity to save Star's life

Elsa (shown) was given the rare opportunity to save Star's life

Elsa (right) got the rare opportunity to save her dog's life, after Star (left) almost died when she was born three years ago

Frantic to save her fur child, Shannon tried everything she could to improve the health of Star, including IV [intravenous] liquids, supplements and acupuncture before turning to Jenny; Star is shown after the operation

Frantic to save her fur child, Shannon tried everything she could to improve the health of Star, including IV [intravenous] liquids, supplements and acupuncture before turning to Jenny; Star is shown after the operation

Frantic to save her fur child, Shannon tried everything she could to improve the health of Star, including IV [intravenous] liquids, supplements and acupuncture before turning to Jenny; Star is shown after the operation

I knew this was a mother, this was her baby, you know? & # 39; Jenny said of Shannon. She would do what she had to do to save her baby. & # 39;

Jenny, who had a family who received a kidney transplant from a living donor, wanted to help, so she took the decision to the rest of her family, including her husband Patrick, and their children, Isaac, 10, Audrey, seven and Claire, five.

When the couple said to their children: "This is Elsa's chance to save her mother", the children replied with: "Oh, so she is a hero!" and that was it.

Jenny Murray (back, right) spoke the decision with her whole family to decide whether Elsa would donate the dog (pictured) a kidney to Star, including her husband Patrick (second from the left), and their children, Isaac, 10 (left ), Audrey, seven and Claire, five

Jenny Murray (back, right) spoke the decision with her whole family to decide whether Elsa would donate the dog (pictured) a kidney to Star, including her husband Patrick (second from the left), and their children, Isaac, 10 (left ), Audrey, seven and Claire, five

Jenny Murray (back, right) spoke the decision with her whole family to decide whether Elsa would donate the dog (pictured) a kidney to Star, including her husband Patrick (second from the left), and their children, Isaac, 10 (left ), Audrey, seven and Claire, five

When the couple said to their children: "This is Elsa's (shown) opportunity to save her mother," the children replied with: "Oh, so she is a hero!" # 39; and that was it

When the couple said to their children: "This is Elsa's (shown) opportunity to save her mother," the children replied with: "Oh, so she is a hero!" # 39; and that was it

When the couple said to their children: "This is Elsa's (shown) opportunity to save her mother," the children replied with: "Oh, so she is a hero!" # 39; and that was it

The operation was planned and surgeons at UW performed the transplant on October 10; Star is shown at the back with Shannon and Elsa is shown at the front with Isaac, after the operation

The operation was planned and surgeons at UW performed the transplant on October 10; Star is shown at the back with Shannon and Elsa is shown at the front with Isaac, after the operation

The operation was planned and surgeons at UW performed the transplant on October 10; Star is shown at the back with Shannon and Elsa is shown at the front with Isaac, after the operation

The operation was planned and surgeons at UW performed the transplant on October 10.

& 36 hours later her blood work was normal, & # 39; said Shannon.

As with kidney transplants, it is expected that the individual kidney will grow with each dog over time to compensate for the missing.

Both Star and Elsa are now back home with their families recovering, in the St. Louis area.

Both Star (photo) and Elsa are now back home with their families recovering in Missouri

Both Star (photo) and Elsa are now back home with their families recovering in Missouri

Elsa is shown on the way home after the surgery in Wisconsin

Elsa is shown on the way home after the surgery in Wisconsin

Both Star (left) and Elsa (right) are now back home with their families recovering in Missouri

In people undergoing kidney transplantation, it is expected that the individual kidney will grow with each dog over time to compensate for the missing; Star is shown after the operation

In people undergoing kidney transplantation, it is expected that the individual kidney will grow with each dog over time to compensate for the missing; Star is shown after the operation

In people undergoing kidney transplantation, it is expected that the individual kidney will grow with each dog over time to compensate for the missing; Star is shown after the operation

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