|A Gift for Gift - Veterinarians Give Foal the Gift of Life|
|Friday, 16 May 2008 00:00|
Gift, a 5 ½ week premature miniature horse filly, was brought to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences with severe breathing problems. She needed help if she was going to make it.
“When the foal arrived as an after-hours emergency, she was in severe respiratory distress,” explains Dr. Todd Holbrook, assistant professor, Equine Internal Medicine. “Breathing normal room air, her arterial oxygen level should be close to 100. Even after putting her on oxygen, her oxygen level was reading 50.”
“In a case like this, many people help care for the patient,” says Dr. Holbrook. “ Drs. Devine and Hart and a senior student on emergency duty helped when she was admitted while Renee, other veterinary students, our technical staff, the foal team, Dr. Royse, and I were all involved in her intensive care. It’s a team effort.”
“We’re fitting Gift for shoes to help her fetlocks, which were dropped due to tendon laxity associated with her premature birth,” explains Dr. Holbrook. “She should be able to go home soon after being here 2 ½ weeks.”
According to Dr. Holbrook, little Gift should not suffer from any long term affects. Because she will grow up to be someone’s pet and not a competitive race horse, she should have no outward signs of her early struggle to survive.
Gift and her owner are most grateful to Drs. Holbrook, Royce, Renee Mead and the rest of the staff who provided their loving 24-hour care. She is now a much loved and spoiled filly at home, kicking up her heels to show how much better she feels.