Pig Gets Colostomy

Pig gets colostomyPig gets colostomy. That was the news that came from the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, NY via the Chippewa Valley Rosebud Review (the newsletter I receive from my home Ostomy Support Group), via the Ostomy News (the newsletter from the Ostomy Support Group from North San Diego County, Vista, CA). The picture is of Miriam.

The article appeared in the CA newsletter in March, 2014 and in the Rosebud Review in April, 2014.  I contacted the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and asked permission to use the article here.  The article reads as follows:

Miriam, a one-year-old rescue pit, is returning to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary after undergoing “life-saving” surgery and Cornell University, the Sanctuary has announced.

“Miriam was rescued from a hoarder in the summer of 201, on of three lively piglet siblings,” the Sanctuary said in a prepared statement. “Like many of the animals rescued by CAS, the trio needed special medical attention when they arrived but soon thrived in the new, safe home.  Miriam, however, grew lethargic, lost weight, and struggled to defecate.”

” ‘Failure to thrive’ was the unsatisfactory diagnosis from local veterinarians who where puzzled by her condition,” the Sanctuary said. “As Miriam worsened, CAS had to decide the little pig’s fate: Take the tiny creature on a long, expensive trip to Cornell University for battery of tests, or choose to euthanize her.:

“The choice wsa an easy one,” the Sanctuary said.

Cornell vets discovered that the pig was born without a rectum, the Sanctuary reported, adding, “She underwent a risky colostomy and, after a recovery period, returned to CAS. Since her first emergency trip last summer, Miriam has returned to Cornell for a second colostomy and a new stent, which vets hope will keep the colostomy open and enable her to eliminate waste.

“These animals are our beloved friends.  They embrace each day as you and I so,” said Kathy Stevens, founder of the Sanctuary, in a prepared statement.  “Choosing to do a colostomy on a pit is no different from choosing life-saving measures for any beloved companion”

The 110-acre Catskill Animal Sanctuary says it has rescued more than 3,000 neglected and abused animals but that its “mission goes beyond emergency rescue of farm animals.” CAS programs include day camp for children, vegan cooking classes, and weekend tours.

“Compassion is universal,” Stevens said. “Once people understand the suffering their choices cause, many want to move toward a plant-based lifestyle. We’re here to help them.

This ends the article.

Pig gets colostomy isn’t something we hear about every day so the editor of Chippewa Valley Rosebud Review, Judith Lippold, contacted CAS to confirm the story. As of March 18, 2014 she was told “Miriam is doing OK. She requires a lot of care, and she gets a lot of attention. She hasn’t been able to get out much because of the severe winter weather, but we expect she’ll enjoy being outside in warmer temperature soon.” Judy also asked if Miriam wore a pouch and no she doesn’t, she does what other animals do.

I also followed up with CAS and was sadly informed that Miriam passed away in April. In her memorial, located at http://casanctuary.org/2014/04/in-memory-of-miriam/, I discovered her siblings were Ginger and Moses. If you look at the memorial there are video clips of Miriam at the end. Pig gets colostomy, well, why not.

Pig Gets Colostomy


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