A piece of medical equipment designed to flush the wounds of severely injured soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan has saved the life of a horse in Hampshire, England. April, a Welsh Cob, has her hoof nearly severed after getting it trapped in barbed wire.
Taken to Seadown Animal Hospital in Hythe, April's leg was severely damaged, including trauma to the tendons and ligaments. Lucky for April, Drs. Derek Knottenbelt and Georgie Hollies happened to be visiting the hospital when April came in. They used a specialized saline pump, called a Versajet, to help clean April's wounds.
Intended for use on human battle wounds, the machine uses saline to thoroughly clean of injuries without causing further damage to the tissues. The use of the Versajet was a turning point in the horse's care, the vets believe. April is now on stall rest and being hand walked.
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