We are completely devastated to report that Helen passed away this evening. Despite dramatically improving since her first day of treatment, she was not able to beat her multiple injuries. While we do not know for certain why she died, we and our vet suspect that blood clots from her leg fracture (which would have entered into her blood stream, traveling to her heart and/or causing infection) were the main cause; she was in no shape to undergo the surgery to set her leg before tomorrow, but also it was always a risk. The extent of her trauma meant there was no ideal treatment plan for our dear Helen.
Her discomfort came on quickly, and we were by her side the entire time. We held out hope she could pull through yet another challenge, but it was not to be.
We are grateful for the days we spent with Helen, watching her show signs of life and resilience. In the days she was with us, she got to eat blueberries and kale for the first time in her life; she got to look out a window and watch the world go by; she knew a gentle touch, a kindly spoken word, and what it meant to be loved.
Helen changed us, as well as the many people who came to know her and her story. We can only hope that perhaps Helen’s life will help others see the value of every chicken, and how truly terrible it is to treat them as mere consumables.
Helen will be forever missed. Thanks to all who cared for her along with us.