Amou the donkey transports goods for her community in the village of Cherno, Mali. One day, when she was pulling her heavy cart along the bumpy roads, her owner, Brema, noticed Amou was struggling to put weight on her leg. As she limped on, pulling the cart was becoming unbearable for her.
A few weeks earlier, Brema had noticed a small lump on Amou’s leg. The lump grew quickly, causing the skin around it to swell and bleed. Brema was concerned because he knew what the lump was likely to be.
A year earlier, Brema spotted another large lump on Amou’s body that made moving very difficult. The lump was a fast-growing skin tumour, called a sarcoid, which our mobile clinic vets had successfully removed – but Brema feared had returned. This time the position of the new lump made walking agonising.
Amou needed urgent veterinary treatment to remove the sarcoid and alleviate her suffering.
Our mobile clinic vets had successfully removed the last sarcoid from the poor donkey. Now Brema had to wait for the vets to return as this was the only chance to get Amou help.
Fortunately Amou didn’t have to wait too long for the next mobile clinic. When she staggered up, our vets immediately examined the tumour.
They knew Amou needed surgery, but didn’t have anywhere to carry out the operation, so they took Amou to a makeshift theatre at a nearby secondary school. There, thankfully, the vets successfully removed the sarcoid after challenging surgery.
They showed Brema how to change Amou’s bandages and keep the area clean to prevent infection. This was crucial, as without a nearby centre to provide ongoing care for Amou, her recovery was in the hands of her owner.
Thankfully, after Brema followed the careful advice of our vets, the area began to heal. After a few weeks, Amou started to return to her old self.