First Stem Cell Treatment in Elephant
I was supposed to come back and write about the fashion show but this story touched my heart. I have a soft spot for animals and cannot bare to see them suffer. I don’t know why I have become so, no one taught me, it’s just in my blood. Let’s get to the story 🙂
Stem Cell treatment is not as controversial here in Thailand and research in the field is widely supported. And while we are a small developing country, we are blessed with great doctors 🙂
Kamlai is a poor elephant who was recently injured in a road accident and is in critical condition. She suffered from broken bones and a huge gaping wound and is unable to stand on her feet. Due to her size, lying in the same position could lead to sores and infection and eventually death. And while they are doing everything they can by shifting her weight and placing her on a special bed to provide proper support her recovery will take at least 6 months. Which is far too long for such a big animal to lay in a helpless state.
Euthanasia is not widely practiced here. I understand the reasoning behind it but I hear a lot of mercy killing pets from the western world. Here in Thailand some people have never even heard of it let alone know that it’s one of the options. It’s a little weird though that people can’t even choose to die when they are really suffering from an illness, and no one can choose for them. But we decide for the animals when they are ready to say good bye to this world. I don’t know if this is a matter of human rights or animal rights.The rights being animals should have the right to live and not have their fate decided for them. And humans should be able to choose their own path and ask for mercy killing. I’m sure it’s too complicated and varies from case to case. Where there’s hope no one wants to let go.
As with Kamlai, her majesty the queen is footing the bills of her stemcell treatment that is underway. This will aid in her recovery and shorten the healing time to about 1-2 months instead of the previously predicted recovery period of at least 6 months. This all depends on how successful the treatment is, so I’m keeping Kamlai is my prayers. I saw a news footage of the site of the accident and poor Kamlai lying there in the mud while it’s raining waiting for rescue to arrive and her owner, bless his heart, was weeping and sobbing as he was trying to tell the news anchor what had happened. I hope she gets stronger soon and is able to walk about and go home with her human.
Kamlai is believed to be the first elephant to undergo a stemcell treatment. Please keep her in your prayers.
Let me leave you with this video of a Thai elephant painting.. let’s see what he is painting 🙂