He depends on these animals for his livelihood and to support his sons and wife so knows the importance of keeping his animals healthy. Semih is proud to see his sons following in his footsteps, practicing compassion for animals. He has shown his children how to look after Kofi who needs extra care as he doesn’t have a mother to depend on.
Early that morning, Thomas and Aser came to their father very worried and upset. They told their father that Kofi’s “tail was bloody” and that the foal was straining and looked uncomfortable. Upon closer inspection, Semlih could see that it was worse than just a cut to the tail – poor Kofi had a prolapsed rectum and was in great pain.
There are several causes of this uncomfortable condition including worms, severe diarrhoea or colic – all of which would result in Kofi straining muscles. With enough strain, the colon can actually be forced out of the body – a terrible medical problem that can only be fixed with medical intervention.
The two boys begged their father to help them bring Kofi to the SPANA Bishoftu clinic as soon as it opened. Kofi was the first patient of the day and was seen immediately – gently examined by the vets who first treated the aggressive parasites that had led to the injury before suturing the prolapse. Kofi was admitted for a few days and prescribed anti-inflammatories and painkillers while he healed in comfortable conditions.