INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
THE MIRACLE OF MAGGIE
by Claudia Domb
This is a most inspiring story . . . the story of the miracle of a horse named Maggie.
The disease that horse owners fear most is called laminitis. Claudia’s veterinarian treated Maggie aggressively when she first showed this dreaded disease because he knew that horses rarely recovered from it. He gave her ice baths for her hooves and intravenous, intramuscular and oral medications, yet despite the best of care, Maggie showed no signs of improvement. For four days her symptoms remained unchanged. Early on the fifth day, Claudia found Maggie lying down, unable to stand, moaning, and clearly in terrible pain. She had soiled and wet herself while lying down, something a horse would only do if very ill.
Claudia’s heart broke as she made a phone call to her vet. Dr. Paul arrived, prepared for the worst. He saw Maggie sprawled out on her side with her head in Claudia’s lap. She was moaning and grunting with each labored breath. Her eyes were dull. She had not eaten for hours. She had not had a sip of water. He looked at Maggie and said what Claudia already knew. “In all my years as a veterinarian, I have never seen a horse in this condition get up and recover.” Tearfully Claudia thanked him for his honesty.
Don’t give up hope. Remember, this is an inspiring story.
Steeling herself for what appeared to be the inevitable, Claudia began preparations for that final step. It would be a long goodbye. She called her best friend Penny to be by her side. She called her daughter, suggesting that she might want to leave school early to say goodbye to Maggie. Then she readied her truck and trailer for the euthanasia.
What happened next, according to Dr. Paul, was “nothing short of a miracle.” Up until now, this Cornell-educated veterinarian always seemed to have a scientific answer for everything. And that’s why we call this inspiring story a miracle.
The Miracle of Maggie is now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Garnet Collection
Stories in Feathers and Fur