Monday, February 23, 2009

Katrina Survivor Has a Happy Ending


As New Orleanians and the rest of us ready for tomorrow's Fat Tuesday celebrations and the advent of Lent, please take a look at the e-mail Aunt Julie forwarded me yesterday. For more news and photos of Molly Click Here. Hope you all down in NOLA have a wonderful next couple of days!

Ya gotta 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 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, 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, 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 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 better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

19 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

I am so proud that there were so many people who thought that Molly was worth all the love and effort that went into her rehabilitation. We Americans can be pretty phenomenal.
Sandi

blueviolet said...

That's sad but wonderful!

annie kelleher said...

what a wonderfully inspiring story! those katrina animals made my heart break. im always so happy to hear happy endings. hope you have a great week! :)

Lynda said...

What a beautiful story... I love Molly. Amazing - thanks for sharing this :-)

Rhonda said...

Oh, I love her!!! I wish more people would give these beautiful animals a chance like this.

Rachael said...

Thank God for wonderful people like that and happy endings!!!!

Great story!

May said...

Wow! How amazing is that?! What a wonderful story, thanks for posting about it! [found you through SITS]

Susie said...

What an amazing story!!

Z's Mom said...

Oh, that made me cry....but how wonderful!!!! That is remarkable for a horse!!!! Thanks for sharing....

Kally said...

Come on over and pick up the bloggy bling I have for you :)

Honey Mommy said...

What an amazing story!

Tiffany said...

Amazing story!

Thank you so much for guest blogging for me, I feel so blessed to have women I can trust my Ava to, and you were awesome.

And, of course, thank you so much for coming by my blog to celebrate my birthday and my sitsday!

Tiffany

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Blog Stalker said...

So glad to get to know Molly's story. The will to live plays a big part in it.

Have a great day!

Vanessa Rogers said...

I love that story. I got that in an email recently!

Tracy P. said...

Awesome story!! That took some great vision to realize there was more to the investment than helping a horse.

Marrdy said...

What a great story. I do love the ones with the happy endings!

Michelle said...

Oh what a lucky pony. I am so happy for her -- and yes, it brought tears to my eyes. What a message for Lent!

Deatren said...

I live in New Orleans. we have tons of stories just like this one that keep coming out of the woodwork. Thanks for sharing this one.