An abandoned blind Welsh pony has been given the gift of sight by vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) after an appeal to raise funds to pay for cataract removal. More than £5,000 was donated in total.

An abandoned blind Welsh pony has been given the gift of sight by vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) after an appeal to raise funds to pay for cataract removal. More than £5,000 was donated in total.
 
Morris, a Welsh Section C, was rescued in 2008 by the Horse Rescue Fund after his owner stopped looking after him. On arrival at the Horse Rescue Funds base in Suffolk, Morris was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.
 
Morris' cataract surgeryHis first eye was operated on in November 2008. The cataract was removed and a synthetic lens placed inside the eye. A year later, members and supporters of the charity had raised almost enough money to enable Morris to have his second cataract removed.
 
Sue Albone, of the Horse Rescue Fund, said: “People have been very generous. We almost raised enough money to give Morris full sight so I contacted the AHT to see if there was anyway they could help.
 
“Due to the nature of Morris’ case and the fact that the Horse Rescue Fund had raised so much towards the cost of the operation, the Animal Health Trust agreed to cover any additional costs of his treatment using its Deserving Cases Fund.”
 
David Donaldson, head of equine ophthalmology at the AHT, said: “The Deserving Cases Fund was started by the AHTs Ophthalmology team and cases like Morris show just how important it is.
 
“Being able to offer our skills and experience to other animal charities is very rewarding because often the animals theyre looking after are the ones who have been treated badly and so desperately need our help. Were pleased were able to improve their lives.”
 
Morris returned to the AHT over the Christmas period and had cataract surgery on his second eye. He now has sight in both eyes and is rehabilitating at the Horse Rescue Fund.
 
Mrs Albone, added: “We’re very grateful to the AHT for their help. Morris hasnt had a great time over the last few years but now he has his sight back hes reforming into a very cheeky chappy! Without the AHT, hed still be blind and his future would look very bleak.”
 
Anyone wishing to make donations to the Horse Rescue Fund for Morris’ continued care or to the AHTs Deserving Cases Fund can do so at the respective websites www.horserescuefund.org.uk or www.aht.org.uk

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz