WHAT A DAY YESTERDAY TURNED OUT TO BE

Yesterday afternoon, a walker found a new born foal in distress up on the Carneddau Mountains. As I’ve mentioned before, with such a vast area to cover, these walkers play a very important role in highlighting issues they may see, the gentleman in question contacted his daughter to raise the alarm and stayed with the foal “Bella”, until help arrived. One of the Carneddau guardians raced up to collect Bella and brought her to his farm, as the lovely Jackie (also a rescue) raced over from Anglesey with Mares milk replacer. Jackie and I spoke back and fourth on the phone while she was on route and sourced advice from our super Vet Luke, who also has a personal involvement with these ponies and the decision was made, given her age and condition, that she would need to come up here for a blood plasma transfusion and colostrum. With huge thank you to Mustang Equine Transport, they went and collected her and got her to us. On arrival her condition had deteriorated and our lovely vet Helen, who was the on call vet last night, was immediately called, as we set about warming Bella up.(The attached photo is when she first arrived, not much bigger than a lamb and very cold, in a stable, covered in rugs, hot water bottles and our lovely Paul using his body heat, whilst Alison held her hand. She was moved to the kitchen, on a bed of rugs, with the heater on)Helens findings where that she was very premature, hypothermic (to the point her temperature was too low to record) and extremely dehydrated, but at that point her heart rate and blood pressure were holding there own, so a 3 hour long battle to save her life commenced. In the afternoon, our lovely Clues and Arrowes (pictured), had donated blood, ready for a plasma transfusion, however, on arrival Bella was too poorly to withstand a transfusion, so Helen set about getting warmed IV fluids into her and tried to pass a tube directly into her stomach to get colostrum in to her, however, Little Bella continued to deteriorated. Her heart rate dropped to less than half what it should be, her blood pressure dropped and she started to gasp, Helen believed that we were battling something else too, likely Sepsis and we had to make the kindest decision to let her go. Whilst this is a devastating outcome for all involved, it was a much better outcome than dying alone and cold on the mountains and that’s thanks to a whole team of amazing people, walkers, guardians, vets, volunteers, transporters, we cant thank everyone enough, for their efforts. Sadly, unlike humans, premature foals generally don’t have a good outcome, but we all did everything we could to give her a chance ❤

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