She’s a grey speckled pony whowas abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit Southern Louisiana .
She spent weekson her own before finally being rescued and takento a farm where abandonedanimals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg becameinfected, and her vet went to LSU for help, butLSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind.
He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sidesso she didn’t seem to get sores,
and how she allowed people to handle her.
Sheprotected her injured leg.
She constantly shifted her weight
and didn’t overload hergood leg.
She was a smart pony with a serioussurvival 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 wasin trouble.
The other important factor, accordingto Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant
owner who is dedicated to providing the daily carerequired 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 DVM, 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 shewantsyou to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to takeit 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 rehabilitationcenters. Anywhere she thought that people
neededhope. Wherever Molly went, she showed peopleher pluck. She inspired people, and she had agood time doing it.
‘It’s obvious to me that Mollyhad a bigger role toplay in life,’ Moore said.
She survived the hurricane,she survived a horrible injury, and now she is givinghope to others.’ Barca concluded, ‘She’s not back to normal,but she’sgoing to be better. To me, she could be asymbol for New Orleans itself.’
This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis. The bottomphoto shows the ground surface that shestands on,which has a smiley face embossed in it. WhereverMolly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.
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