A suburban Chicago resident found a box of abandoned kittens left on the porch. One was injured, so it was taken to an animal hospital. One of the veterinarians there, Elise Hall, took the kitten in after treatment. He had enormous eyes, so she named him Porg, after the Star Wars critters.
At first, they thought Porg was just unusual in appearance, but soon discovered his genetic condition – things such as grooming or scratching his ears or neck would lead to large recurrent tears in his skin.
After a skin biopsy, they confirmed that Porg suffered from a hereditary collagen defect, which is known to people as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
“By this time it was clear – Porg was a permanent member of our family.”
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome affects the connective tissues and can cause a range of symptoms. In Porg’s case, it makes his skin very fragile and affects his eyes. Port wears sweaters to protect his skin and gets daily eye drops. Finding a home with a veterinarian is just what Porg needed. Read his story at Love Meow. You can follow Porg’s progress at Instagram.