At the same time we requested prayers from all our family, friends and associates in his behalf.
On the morning of August 4th, about $2000 into his care, the vet called us and said we should have him put down as he was listless and going downhill and had extremely little chance of survival. The team of vets felt it would be unwise for us to incur even more bills. So, Alma hauled the trailer up to Salt Lake to bring home only Gladiators mom. We were all deflated and so sad.
When Alma arrived, he walked up to the stall and saw Gladiator laying there, not moving. He said, "Hey little fella", and Gladiator lifted his little head, looked at him and whinnied! Not only that, but with great effort he stood up! The veterinary team was astonished! They were able to get him to nurse two sucks before he collapsed again. Alma declared to the staff, "I can't put down a horse that is still trying to stand and nurse, now let's get back to work saving this boy!"
So.. the saga continues. Initially the vets expected him to pass away in the first day or two, but he has managed to survive 6 days now in intensive care. He is again accepting his mother's milk through tube feeding, his blood panel is showing improvement in several key areas following his plasma transfer, his swelling in his abdomen and head are decreasing, and he has gained some weight and is re-hydrated. He now is even sitting up on his front haunches on his own, looking around and whinnying! He is still a long way from out of danger, but there is still hope, as he has held stable the last 2 days and acts a bit better now!
If his body will keep accepting milk and the medicines win the fight with the infection, then he may be a true survival miracle horse!
Most importantly, we hope you will all please join us and pray for him!
We have run up an astronomical medical bill to try and save him, much higher than most mature and well trained horses even sell for, and would appreciate any donations to help save him as well. Anything helps. We're so grateful for your generosity!
This little fighter deserves a chance at a full, long life!
- Glenda Hart
- Rachel DeMille
- Vicki Haigh
- Anna Zavala
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