Hart is one of our mules in Hannigan's farm: she is 20 years old and never had any problems since she came into our care. On October 13 she presented with a sore and streaming left eye and was started on eye drops as well as pain relieve to treat what seemed to be a deep keratitis (injury of the cornea).
After the weekend her condition had worsened considerably and now her entire eye was involved with thick greenish yellow discharge coming from her swollen painful eye. She was treated conservatively with a 10 day course of intravenous antibiotics and pain medication.
Because she didn’t improve much with the treatment we had available and examination of the eye was difficult, we decided to get help from a referral eye specialist “Natasha Mitchell”. She did several nerve blocks on the eye to numb it and to be able to examine it better and did an ultrasound examination with which she discovered that Hart had actually suffered a puncture injury which had penetrated the eye injured her lens. This had ultimately caused an infection in the eye. Because of the extensive damage within the eye and no prospect of sight returning we decided that the best option to permanently relieve her of pain and ongoing inflammation would be an enucleation (complete removal of the eye globe).
On November 1 Laurence removed her eye under the watchful eye of most hospital staff and a few brave farm staff and volunteers during a standing surgery under sedation.
Today as seen in the last picture she is doing great and can continue living a pain free life here in Hannigan's farm.