Four years ago Maggie was hit by a car when her PREVIOUS OWNER was negligent in his fence repair. He then left her on his horse trailer all night with no food, water, pain meds or veterinary care until the next morning when he abandoned her at the vets’ office stating he was not going to be any part of her care and that the vet could fix her, euthanize her, give her away or whatever. Since she was only 5 years old, the vet felt she could make a full recovery with the proper care. She was then taken to a local veterinary hospital, treated for 2 weeks with sedation to clean her wounds, and then came to my home for her after care. She had road rash on most of her neck on the right side, a gash on her right shoulder large enough for me to put my hand in, a huge cut on her nose and various other scrapes and lacerations on her chest, side and back legs. This treatment process was very expensive, labor intensive and often very painful, but she took it like a trooper for the next 10 months. I thought I would rehab her and then find her a deserving home. Three months in to her treatment, I found myself crying at the back of my barn, knowing I could never see my farm without her on it. Three and a half years later, she has been living a wonderful life at my farm with her horse companion Harrie.
On Tuesday, March 27, in a freak accident, Maggie got spooked and began quickly backing up. She lost her footing in the mud and flipped over hitting her back on one of the fence poles, breaking it off at the ground. It took her a few seconds to get up. I brought her back into the barn and found a puncture wound on her back. I called a local veterinarian and she came out immediately. The vet flushed the would and was able to pull out a piece of the fence from inside her wound. She put in a drainage tube, sewed her up, gave pain meds and antibiotics. She told me all the things to be on the lookout for.
The next day, Maggie began to run a fever and her heartrate and respirations increased as well throughout the morning. The decision was made to take her to NC State Veterinary Hospital where more extensive treatments would be possible and in a much safer environment. Once there they began an ultrasound to see if there was any possibility of pneumothorax or puncture to the abdomen. They could not find conclusive evidence of this, so they began working with the wound. As they opened it up, they found more pieces of the fence where it has shattered inside of her back. They removed them and began their protocol for this type of major wound injury. They cut away any dead tissue which left a wound on her back big enough to put my fist in and that goes down to the rib. They felt as if she would need to stay approximately 10 days for treatment of the wound. The plan was to pack it daily and eventually use a wound vac to help it heal and hope for no other complications. The vets worked diligently to manage her pain, treat her wound and assess her situation.
On Saturday, March 31, I got a call that radiographs showed she was now presenting with a pneumothorax and collapsed lung. This news just changed the treatment protocol, the extent of her injuries, the length of time she will have to stay, and of course the cost.
Sunday, April 1st, my husband and I went back to Raleigh to visit her. The had put in a chest tube to remove the air that was collapsing her lung. They pulled off a little less than 2 liters. The vet feels that if the antibiotics can hold back any infections and fluid does not start to fill her plural cavity, and her wound heals well, that she will have a good chance at recovery. She is nowhere out of the woods yet, but she is 100% at the right place to be able to beat this. She needs to stay at
NC State until she is out of danger which looks like now could go
2 to 3 weeks.
Maggie has been through so much in her young 9 years, but she is a FIGHTER. She has taught me so much about resiliency and I watched her fight to survive after her car accident. If there was ever a horse that had a right to have a bad attitude toward people because of the pain she had to endure, it would be her. BUT she is the sweetest mare on the planet. She is kind and gentle.
We took on all the vet bills from her car accident, with a little help from a few friends, but THIS bill could easily go over $15,000 just to NC State, not to mention after care and follow up visits. I am not in the habit of asking for help or especially money, but a friend said I should reach out on Go Fund Me. It is not for me, it is for Maggie…..I just want to provide the best care possible and I don’t want to give up on her. Please help me to keep her at NC State for as long as she needs to be there. Her bill as of Saturday March 31 (3 days at the hospital), is $3300). I have already put down a $2000 deposit Wednesday night. This will be a very expensive journey, but her doctors are committed to giving her the best care possible to beat this. I know that she will need extensive wound care when she comes home, and I AM WILLING to go the distance FOR HER AND WITH HER. This is a wonderful hospital, filled with caring and compassionate doctors, technicians and staff that go far and beyond just “treatment”. They really do care for their patients and I know she is where she belongs.
Any additional monies raised will go to assist other animals with emergency medical needs.
Please help me help my Amazing Maggie and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
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