Surgeons performed another surgical procedure on injured mare Rachel Alexandra on Thursday afternoon, to drain an abscess discovered that morning.
It follows her first surgery on February 13 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, when a section of her small colon was repaired following an injury during foaling.
Doctors at Rood & Riddle said the latest procedure was an important reminder that challenges remain.
“As part of the continuous evaluation and monitoring that Rachel is receiving at Rood & Riddle, an abscess adjacent to her reproductive tract and rectum was found,” said D. Brett Woodie.The abscess was drained successfully via a standing surgical procedure, throughout which Rachel’s vital signs remained normal. She was also bright and alert with a good appetite following this procedure and was even able to graze that afternoon.
While this type of hurdle is not unexpected, Rachel will remain at Rood & Riddle for continuous observation as she continues down what has been called “a long road” toward recovery.