Pang Pornsawan Update
as of 19 September 2011
Pang Pornsawan, the beautiful elephant who stepped on a line mine on August 23d and has been in The Thai Elephant Conservation Center Hospital since the 31st of August is making great progress in her recovery. According to Dr. Sittidet Mahasawangkul, Chief of Elephant Hospital, she is progressing better than expected. There is new skin growing in the wounded area, months ahead of the original predictions. Still, the prognosis is that she will remain in hospital for approximately one year.
|Dr. Sittidet Mahasawangkul|
This elephant is receiving two treatments a day. They consist of sterilizing the wound, cleaning out the cavity created by the explosion, and trimming dead skin. Although she receives pain killers, it’s obvious to even the casual observer that the treatments are painful.
|Ready for Treatment|
When I said goodbye to Pang Pornsawan on the 31st of August there was less tension in her mannerisms. The shock seems to have worn off and now she is going through the treatments with her same gentile attitude. In order to give her the treatments she has her bad leg strapped to a support, her other legs hobbled and someone holds her tail out of the doctor’s way. She has to stay in this uncomfortable position for the time the treatment takes. Her behavior is exemplary. Yes when the pain gets bad, she complains by verbalizing and trunk slapping. Still, she is very gentle with the humans around her. She hasn’t attempted to hit or kick anyone.
In addition to the two treatments, she also receives an IV of anti-biotic medicine every morning.
|IV is best way to fight infection|
The team effort to care for Pang Pornsawan continues and will continue. The TECC hospital is knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to the care of the elephants in their charge. Pang Pornsawan seems to be a favorite. Immediately on her arriveal, The Save Elephant Foundation dispatched two mahouts to stay with and care for Pang Pornsawan. The foundation also makes weekly visits. The visits always include a truck load of food for her.
Arrangements have been made to ensure that after her hospitalization, Pang Pornsawan will be able to live out her life at the Elephant Nature Park. This is a huge commitment! I had thought about doing an art sale to raise money. The plan is only slightly modified; ALL the money raised will go to help defray the expenses of Pang Pornsawan's hospital stay. Can you get involved? If so send me an email or give me a call.
|Taste from Heaven will host the art event|
|This is the ad that I am placing in publications|
Last for this post, here is a link to a video of Dr. Sittidet explaining PangPornsawan's situation. It's in Thai with English Sub-titles. Well done and well worth watching.
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