Foaling Fearless

University of Maryland animal science students spent all night waiting for the birth of a filly in the Campus Barn on March 30th. When they noticed the mare going into labor, they raced to her side, and luckily so, because the filly was unable to breathe. Students and faculty jumped into action just as the filly began having seizures. They administered oxygen while they waited for an equine veterinarian to arrive on the scene. With the help of a professional, the students were able to stabilize the foal and transport her to an intensive care unit at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Medical Center. The filly experienced neonatal maladjustment syndrome, which cannot be diagnosed before birth. She received the necessary treatments and therapies and will continue to be cared for by the students.

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