Carthorse Necho was passing through a busy intersection in Bishoftu, Ethiopia when a car ploughed into him at full speed. The horse was badly injured and could barely walk, with a deep wound running the length of his chest.
In a panic, his owner called SPANA, hoping that the centre would still be open in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown. To his immense relief, our team answered and told him to bring Necho in for treatment immediately.
Around the world, SPANA staff are on the frontlines of the global pandemic, providing emergency treatment to sick and injured working animals that have nowhere else to turn.
Necho was rushed to the centre where the staff immediately assessed the situation. They took x-rays of his leg to rule out possible breaks or fractures. Although the injury was bad, Necho was lucky to have escaped without any damage to his bones.
The team cleaned Necho’s wounds before disinfecting them and carefully applying stitches. Necho was put on a course of antibiotics for a week and given painkillers to soothe his discomfort. To ensure that his wounds healed properly, the team hospitalised Necho for five days at the centre, allowing him time to rest and recover from his ordeal.
Necho’s owner was deeply grateful for SPANA’s emergency assistance, saying:
“I was very worried that SPANA’s clinic would be closed due to Covid-19. Knowing they are working right now fills me with great happiness. Thank you for all that you did for Necho.”
After several days’ rest, Necho was sent home and his owner was given painkillers to help manage his pain.
Thanks to your support, SPANA can continue its work at this difficult time, ensuring Necho and thousands of other working animals get the treatment they need.