New York : In a heart warming deed, a US couple may end up spending a whopping $30,000 set aside for a house to save the life of their pet cat that has recently undergone a kidney transplant.

 Andre Gonciar and his wife have got the procedure done on their cat ‘Oki’ at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital. Oki, whom the couple had found clinging to life in a creek in Romania, has used up most of his nine lives.  “He’s definitely a fighter,” Gonciar was quoted as saying by CBS News. Oki’s latest affliction was a kidney failure. Gonciar came all the way from Buffalo for a transplant.

The surgery alone cost more than $16,000, plus airfare, hotels, medical tests and follow-up appointments.          Gonciar said he hopes the final cost will not be more than $ 30,000. It was money he had set aside for a down payment on a house.

The hospital has done about 155 of these operations since 1998. On average the cats live about another three years. Gonciar admitted that some people think he is a little crazy to spend all that money on a cat that is nearly 12 years old. When asked how he would explain it to those people, Gonciar said, “Well I would tell them to look at their child or their mother and ask themselves the same question.”

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