Seven-year-old donkey Jamil transports water near Chemaia, Morocco. His backbreaking work supports his owner, Yatim, Yatim’s wife, their two sons, plus the families of his five brothers and sisters.
Jamil – whose name means ‘beautiful’ – was carrying out his vital work one day when he was hit by a horse cart travelling at speed. The sharp and rusty metallic corner of the cart rammed deeply into Jamil’s left rump as it passed him. His flesh tore, and he was left with a huge, painful gash, exposing bright red muscle.
Disoriented, Jamil struggled to remain upright as he felt the piercing pain of the huge wound. Passers-by turned their eyes away in horror. It was shocking to see such a serious injury and the young donkey in obvious pain.
The hot and dusty conditions were unforgiving as Jamil tried to move his body forward.
Yatim was beside himself with worry. He was miles from the nearest veterinary centre.
This was an emergency – Jamil had a serious injury and needed urgent lifesaving treatment.
Yatim rented a pick-up truck to drive 18 km with his donkey to our SPANA centre in Chemaia. Our trained vets rushed him into our clinic. They urgently needed to stop the bleeding and close the wound. So our vets prepared Jamil for surgery, giving him a general anaesthetic and cleaning his injury with antiseptic.
Working quickly and carefully, they stitched up the open wound and applied a padded bandage to promote healing. To stop infection, they gave Jamil antibiotics and a lifesaving tetanus vaccination.
Jamil needed round-the-clock care because his injury was so serious. Every day for four weeks, our attentive team carefully cleaned and redressed his wound and gave him pain medication.
Fortunately, Jamil’s terrible injury healed, and the brave donkey made an incredible recovery. Yatim was so happy to have his donkey home.
‘Thank you, SPANA, for saving our precious donkey,’ Yatim said.