A Book About People, Ponies and Hope
New Orleans, LA - "Molly the Pony," is a children's book. It is a story about a speckled pony that was abandoned after Katrina. She spent weeks on her own before she was taken to a farm where abandoned animals were kept. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her future grim.
Surgeon Rustin Moore was taken by Molly. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. 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.
"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," Moore said.
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, her mane felt a comb, and a human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
Allison Barca DVM, Molly's vet, says that the prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life. "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." Molly can even get 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, rehabilitation centers -- anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is gives hope.
"Molly the Pony," is a children's book written by Pam Kaster about the pony who has already inspired thousands of people around New Orleans. It's not a book about amputation or prosthetics, it's a book about people and ponies. Molly's MySpace page
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