Georgie is a young, healthy donkey, but after a few hours of acute illness The Donkey Sanctuary’s hospital was his last chance of survival.
Poor Georgie had an ailment which prevented him from urinating. By the time he came in for surgery, his bladder was at bursting point. Already in unbelievable pain, he now faced the possibility of peritonitis, a potentially fatal abdomen inflammation, and a rupture.
In total agony, close to collapse and unable to tell a soul.
Fortunately The Donkey Sanctuary is home to an equine veterinary hospital. Georgie spent several hours under the intensive care of our surgical team of two veterinary surgeons and two nurses.
Thankfully, a few hours later Georgie was passing urine normally and could return to the company of Gabriel, his donkey friend, who was waiting anxiously outside theatre for him.
After six weeks of supervised box rest, Georgie made a good recovery from the surgery and remains under the close observation of our veterinary team in case his condition relapses.
Without our donkey hospital, and the support you give to The Donkey Sanctuary, donkeys like Georgie wouldn’t have the chance to get better. Read on to find out why we need a new hospital with better facilities in the future, and how you can get involved.