Prosthetics appeal for Sally
For the last 8 months I have been hunting down teams and specialists to work with in order to give Sally back some independent mobility. I had two teams assisting, one in the US and one in the UK, both of which have now hit a brick wall on her prosthetic design.
As a final last ditch attempt, I have found a solution with Derrick Campana of Bionic Pets LLC, who is confident he can produce the devices we need in order for Sally to walk again. However, this comes at a price and for which we need your help to fund, I have complete faith in Derrick's expertise - there are not many people who can make prosthetics for an elephant - he is forward thinking and has helped numerous animals, not all domesticated. We have a chance.
Sally was found in Hammamet, Tunisia in 2015. It seems that despite being shot in the head and barely breathing, also both elbows had been shot and forcibly fractured. They are still riddled with gunshot.
After emergency care in Tunisia, Sally went to the rescue shelter in Hammamet. The vet there wasn't qualified or able to deal with such injuries, so she was left in the position she was found with both elbows bent up. Her daily meal was pasta and a little meat and she had no special attention. Of course over time her elbows set in that position and she is now fused, unable to straight her elbows at all. A French charity picked up her story in Hammamet and were working to bring her to France, where it was hoped she could be operated on.
But, it seems there were no options for Sally, her injuries now were too severe and she was transferred into the care of another charity. This charity RANA, then found a space at Wolfies Legacy, a UK charity specialsing in disabled dogs in November 2016. She has already had a referral to Fitzpatricks, where it was decided surgical intervention may not be in her best interest. So worse case, she will be in wheels. She has full movement in her shoulders and crawls on her elbows; with the right prosthetics to fit over her elbows, I truly believe she will be walking again and we want to at least try to achieve that.
Her journey may have ended with us in her forever home and she will never be moved again, but it is also just beginning.
Please help us try and give this girl the ability to walk again - she is trying so very hard to lead a normal life - I simply cannot let her down.
The casts will now be sent back to Virginia, USA where the team can then begin to design and create her new legs. This is a huge step forward for Sally and we're getting closer by the day to a solution. We will get her walking.
As a last attempt, and after so many months of trying to find a solution, I thought I would take a chance and contact Derrick Campana of Bionic Pets in the US. Derrick has been making headlines in respect of his amazing orthotics - you may have seen an article where he has produced a leg for an elephant (amongst other animals)! See his work @BionicPetsllc on Facebook - truly amazing work!
I'm delighted to say that I've just come off the phone with Derrick who has reviewed Sally's story etc and agreed to help us. He is confident he can come up with a set of legs to help get Sally more mobile. IT CAN BE DONE!!!!!
There will be a cost involved, so I'm appealing for any help for us to reach our target to get Sally walking and the legs we've been so desperately trying to find for her. Funding to date has been used for her specialist ortho referral and the production of her CT scans and anaesthetic.
I truly believe we are almost there - please can anyone help us at all? xx
To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement and are hugely grateful for the support of Dr Eggbeer, Emily Bilbie and Hayley Hanson. We truly cannot thank you enough for contacting us with your tremendous support.
The team are now working from Sally's CT scans. Sally's case is complex and the more you delve, the more challenging the design becomes, so this is no mean feat. Some of the areas to overcome are the positioning of the existing shot left inside her elbows, her centre of gravity and balance and producing a desing to fit quite a difficult area bearing in mind the other points. Not easy.
It's incredibly humbling the amount of support received for a little black rescue dog, who was horrendously shot but now given a chance to potentially walk far easier again. Some people are responsible for the most horrific cruelty but then others simply shine with compassion and humanity.
Thank you all <3