Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Little Inspiration for all of us


A Horse named Molly

Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners in the wake of Katrina. 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 LSU for help. But LSU 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," Moore insists. 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, her mane 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, 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", Moore said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others."

"She's not back to normal," Barca concluded, "but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New 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!


I know this inspired me to pass it along and I hope it also affects you in inspiring you to do something in random kindness today.

Happy trails.....




Gecko said...

Inspiring is the only word for this...although I'm sure there are many wonderful words suited to this little pony. What a trooper! For her to be so understanding after all she's been through, she's very lucky people like Rustin Moore exist in this world.

Mrs Mom said...

Dear Husband and I got to see a couple of amputees with prosthetics in VA. There is a vet there, Dr. Andrea Floyd, who is nothing short of amazing. She worked with Ric Redden to come up with some prosthetics for a MFT stallion (who is just breath-takingly beautiful and a GENT to the utmost,) and a little doneky named Jack who will steal your heart in a nanosecond. ( Dr. Floyd is just a fantastic person, and known world wide for her work with lameness, and for being an innovator in the area of laminitis treatment. (one of my heros for sure!)

ANYWAYS--- geesh.. sorry.... Molly is an amazing little pony, and SO pretty! I hope she lives a long, long time, and can show people all over the world that where there is a will, there IS a way ;)