7/6/09

Inspiring Pony Survivor with Prosthesis

Hurricane Katrina Survivor
Pit Bull Survivor
Three Legged Pony

Though I do not know who wrote this story since I received it in an email, I could not let it go unnoticed. It is heartbreaking, inspiring, and will once more show you how amazing divine beings in animal bodies can be.

Make sure to watch the video clip at the end of this blog to see Molly in motion.




Molly.a dappled charcoal gray pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to Louisiana State University for help, but L.S.U. was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind.He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.



'This was the right horse and the right owner,'Mooreinsists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble.The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana ..The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.

And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.

'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life,Mooresaid. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.'

Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better.To me, she could be a symbol forNew Orleans itself.'



This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.

Please share this story with anyone who questions the value of animals, as well as with any animal lovers you know.

4 comments:

Misty's Creations said...

Loved the story about Molly, I had to call my daughter back in the house to see it. (She was leaving for work) She had a horse she raised from a baby for 11 years! I thought molly's story was a good way to begin the day! Thank you, and thank you for visiting my blog. I'll be back when I can spend more time, now I'm off to work!

Avanti Avanti said...

Thanks for writing, I cannot begin to say how this story has touched my heart. I have raised and trained horses, they are amazing. They bring joy and peace to anyone who connects with them, much like dolphins. Molly is a great gift to our world and I am so grateful to share her story.

affilianet said...

I followed you on Twitter and you sent me a DM saying: "Thank You - Looking 4ward 2 UR Tweets! Ask me astrology & metaphysics ?s. 4 long ?s DM or leave comments on my blog astrologyandmore..."

And yet, you didn't follow me back? How can you see my Tweets if you don't follow me? If you don't want to follow me, I understand, but I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't lead me into thinking you are going to follow me by saying "Looking 4ward 2 UR Tweets" when we both know you won't see my Tweets if you don't follow me. BTW, I'm a horse lover myself and really enjoyed the post about Molly.

Avanti Avanti said...

Chris: Sometimes Twitter does things that no one understands including me. I attempt to follow everyone back who follows me, with the exception of people who have explicit porn avatars, which is way Aries and without respect for others on the Twitter.

Sometimes I cannot follow back right away, I usually attempt to but cannot for whatever reason. But late in the evening I am nearly always able to, and so every night I follow back all I can.

If you check now, you should see I have followed you.

Anyway, let me know if you have some questions. Hope you enjoyed the story of Molly. I am about to put up a new blog on the upcoming Eclipse.