Dr Ghazi gave the frightened animal painkillers and set to work fixing the horse’s broken jaw with a wire, creating a brace against which the bone could heal. Sunk was expected to make a full recovery but to ensure that the horse got the best care possible, Dr Ghazi asked Sunk’s owner to bring him back in a few months to make sure the jaw had healed properly.
Dr Ghazi intended to remove the wire at that point and give the horse a clean bill of health. But sadly, the owner never returned with Sunk and Dr Ghazi soon learned that the animal had been sold at auction. Without any way to contact Sunk’s new owner, Dr Ghazi was unable to check in on the horse’s progress, though he often thought about the animal over the years, hoping Sunk had recovered.
Over the next few years, Dr Ghazi continued treating thousands of animals across Jordan but never saw the same chestnut horse again. That is, until the day that an elderly horse was brought to the SPANA centre suffering from a painful hernia. The animal was unable to work and it was clear to Dr Ghazi that he was in intolerable pain.
While treating the hernia, Dr Ghazi gave this new patient a full examination and was surprised to see that the horse had received veterinary help before – a wire to repair a broken jaw. Upon closer inspection, Dr Ghazi recognised his own work and that this was his patient Sunk from several years before!