I'm so so sorry you lost him. It's so hard to see such sweet little creatures sick. I just went through this with one of my girls and lost her too. I'm curious just for learning purposes when you talked about removing air from him were you needle tapping him? I want to learn what I can and hope you don't mind the question.
Yes, we were doing needle taps. When Doc was trying to revive him he removed like 80 cc's total from his belly using a stopcock (that's what it's called!) and a 20 cc syringe so that he didn't have to reinsert the needle.
I finally got pictures of Alfie's X Rays. You can tell that the stool isn't close to the rectal area, but you can't really see a stricture there because it looks like there is gas and stool all over the place! Unless somebody here can identify the problem area, I'm thinking it is in that mass of intestines on the right side... kinda where it makes a Y shape? Right in the middle of the top of the V? Maybe I can circle it with my photo editor....