One evening last week a camel emergency was rushed to the Help in Suffering hospital in our ambulance. The camel had received a severe stab injury to its abdomen, and through this 2 inch laceration was prolapsed a badly damaged length of small intestines.
The animal was quickly sedated and anaesthetised. The decision was taken to undertake emergency surgery to try to save the camel’s life by repairing the guts and the incision, and to do so in the ambulance to avoid further trauma to the injured tissues by moving the recumbent 700 kg animal. Surgery on such large patients has considerable logistical and financial implications.
During the operation a 2 foot length of intestines was removed and the healthy viable ends joined back together (technically an ‘end-to end anastomosis’).
Sadly despite the best efforts of the team the trauma was too much for the camel and it never regained consciousness after the emergency surgery, but the emergency surgical team were happy that they had tried to save this poor creature.
Photo 6840 shows the prolapsed damaged guts protruding through the stab wound
Photo 6847 shows the emergency surgical team attempting to save the animal’s life (Compounders Mukesh, Rajendar and Bal Chand and vet Jack)