Myla was brought to a recent neutering clinic in a cage paralyzed and in very bad health together with her mother and sister.
Horrific Monkey Bite
She’d been bitten by an aggressive monkey collecting coconuts with his owner. The bite had caused her serious injury and pain but no-one had helped the little puppy. She’d been dragging herself around for at least a month. Her back legs had become calcified and rigid making it impossible for her to stand.
She was also in a terrible condition, covered in fleas and full of worms which would have eventually killed her. Both conditions were treated immediately.
Little Myla looked so sad and mournful after being separated from her family and put in a small cage. We were asked to take her to our Healing Centre as she’d surely die if returned to the life she’d just been rescued from.
Myla Can Feel Her Back Legs
The vet tested her reaction to assess if her spinal cord was severed. She responded with a yelp indicating she definitely had feeling! Myla could stand on her own for a few seconds with help but her back legs were weak, badly atrophied and misshapen.
Myla’s spine and back legs were x-rayed clearly showing both her hips had been dislocated by the monkey’s hard bite. No wonder she couldn’t walk. An operation would be necessary to give Myla the chance to walk again. Calcification was setting into her hip joints so time was running out.
But little Myla wasn’t strong enough and she hadn't been vaccinated. The vet agreed to postpone treatment for a month.
And what a month Myla had playing with Judy and Cass and coming on holiday with us over Christmas. She also learned to stand in the frame we made for her. Myla was growing stronger and happier every day.
Operation To Go Ahead
Last Wednesday we took Myla back to check if an operation would help her walk again. The vet was extremely encouraged by Myla’s progress. Her back legs were much stronger and she was sure Myla could walk again. The head vet also examined Myla and confirmed she needed a hip dislocation operation on both hips to make this possible.
Myla was admitted for her operation. We said a very sad farewell to her. As she’s 100ks away we can’t visit her so we phone the clinic daily.
Myla had her double hip operation on Friday 22 January. Steel pins or plates were placed in her hip joint and femur head on both hips.
Daily Laser Treatment
You can see from this video that she’s getting daily laser treatment to help strengthen her muscles and eradicate infection. Incredibly, Myla’s standing without support the day after her operation. She's very wobbly but who wouldn't be after a major operation. We estimate she’ll be at the clinic for 10 days’ laser treatment and very careful nursing to keep her immobile and her operation wounds clean.
Myla’s operation and recovery treatment will cost at least 25,000 baht or $835. That’s a massive cost for a small organisation like us. But we want to give Myla the best possible chance to walk again.
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