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Cat in Maryland that received $19G kidney transplant, dies at 18, owner says

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A cat in Baltimore, Maryland, which received a $19,000 kidney transplant a little more than a year ago died.

Stanley the cat was 18 years old. His owner, Betsy Boyd, told The Baltimore Sun they chose to make Stanley to sleep, last Friday after he became ill a few weeks ago.

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“It was a tough decision,” she told the newspaper, adding Stanley diagnostics of peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdomen, eventually led to making the choice difficult.

“At that time, he had been through a lot and he would not be a good candidate for surgery,” she said.

Stanley made headlines earlier this year after Boyd — an assistant professor at the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore turned out, she spent 41 percent of her annual salary to pay for the cat has a kidney transplant. Stanley was 17 at the time.

In total, Boyd invested about $30,000 in the feline, which included “transplantation, blood work and emergency care,” she told the publication this week.

“I know, he had a wonderful year of eating poultry and feeling happy and good,” Boyd said. “And he had no problems with the transplant. He healed at home, and he was really lovely.”

While the cat mother, the five other cats in the house, including Stanley kidney of the donor, realizes that her decision to invest that amount in the feline health may raise eyebrows, she is glad that Stanley a long service life.

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“Stanley was the most important friend I have ever lost, and he is a member of the family. I really like him on the level that I love my parents, my husband, my children,” Boyd told The Baltimore Sun. “I miss him so much.”

Betsy Boyd not immediately return Fox News’ request for further comment on Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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