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This fundraiser ended on 07/31/12

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The friends and family of Ernie Heim, a.k.a., "The Dude," are hoping to raise money to help pay his extensive and mounting medical bills.

We learned Saturday night that over Memorial Day weekend, Ernie helped himself to a treat from the grill table that no one saw. He swallowed whole a 12" long wooden bbq skewer. This was discovered after a series of tests and x-rays. We took him to the doggie ER after coming home to find a large, open wound between his shoulder blades, with something sticking out of it. The skewer had punctured his stomach lining & was actually trying to leave his body through a spot on his back. The doctors were successful in removing the skewer but had to open Ernie's stomach to retrieve a portion of it, and ultimately needed to lengthen the incision to just below his neck to confirm no damage had been done to his lung. I.V. pain meds, fluids, and oxygen are keeping him comfortable now but a chest tube was also needed to temporarily assist in breathing. That should come out late tonight/early tomorrow morning. A full recovery is expected but this week will be rough on the poor guy. Everyone is doing everything possible to keep him comfortable.
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