This 3-legged foal gets a new chance at life thanks to kindhearted orthotist
This poor little pony had her front leg accidentally crushed by her mother when she was first born, and it had to be amputated. But thanks to this inventive orthotic, she is able to walk on her new prosthetic leg.
Shortly after birth, most little foals are almost immediately able to stand up. They might be a bit wobbly at first, but they eventually succeed in balancing themselves and are soon even able to gallop.
Sadly, this was not the case for poor little Angel Marie; for shortly after birth, her mother accidentally stepped on her, and one of Angel Marie’s front legs had to be amputated. Poor little Angel Marie would have to make do with only 3 legs from then on.
Fortunately, there was someone who was able to help this unfortunate young foal and give her a chance at a better life. Certified orthotist, Derrick Campana, lovingly known as Dr. Doolittle, worked his prosthetic magic to design and construct a home-made prosthetic leg that the pony’s owner would be able to easily afford.
Campana started off his career making bionic legs for humans but realized that helping animals was what he really wanted to do. He presently works with the Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Virginia. He used highly durable, medical-grade plastics to design the foal’s prosthetics.
Although he has helped many animals in his life, seeing Angel Marie taking her first steps was a very emotional moment for him.
“Seeing her walk, and having her here today walking is just a dream come true,” said Campana. “A miracle.”
Angel Marie’s owner, Lennie Green was extremely grateful to Derrek for helping the foal, who has since brought much happiness to the Green family.
“The kids just love her to death. And she loves kids,” said Green. “It’s really a great thing. The prosthetics, if it wasn’t for that she wouldn’t have made it.”
Campana has done amazing things in the industry of animal prosthetics and has helped animals around the world. He’s even fashioned a prosthetic limb for an elephant in Thailand that had its front foot blown off by a landmine.
This same prosthetics would have cost a lot more than if the Greens had taken Angel Marie to a veterinarian. Although Campana is not a veterinarian, he applies his skills to create cost-effective alternatives to more invasive and more expensive procedures.
Derrick believes that in the future, 3D printing will become more widely used in the field of prosthetics. Such technology is presently quite expensive but may become more affordable. He hopes this advancement will do more to help animals who have become amputees or who were born without limbs.