Rachel Alexandra has another operation

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Rachel Alexandra is bright with a good appetite after doctors at Rood & Riddle drained an abscess detected on Thursday morning.
Rachel Alexandra is bright with a good appetite after doctors at Rood & Riddle drained an abscess detected on Thursday morning.

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.

 

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