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        09-28-2008, 12:38 PM
      #1
    Showing
    Molly and the hurricane

    I got this as an email as I'm sure many you may have. I thought enough about it that I would like to share with those who have not seen it. (There is a lot of cut and paste so I hope it comes out well)...

    Ya gotta meet Molly...


    Meet Molly. She's a grey speckled 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 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 kne e,
    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,
    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.&nb sp; 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,? Moore said. '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 bet ter. 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.
         
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        09-28-2008, 01:11 PM
      #2
    Showing
    I've seen it too. Its a great story though, well worth the re-telling. Thanks
         
        09-28-2008, 02:33 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I've not seen that before and that just made my day! Thanks for sharing that, Bill. The very last part about how she leaves a smiley hoof print wherever she goes brought tears to my eyes.
         
        09-28-2008, 05:38 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Yeah, I've also seen her story- she has a lot of love!
         
        09-28-2008, 10:06 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Awww
         

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