|Manuela with Dr. Edwin treating a patient.|
“I walked in during a surgery. I'm an animal rescuer, but I wasn't prepared for the sight of blood! I focused on the case at hand" - Manuela said.
Amazon CARES is highly focused on spay/neuter surgery, as this is the
best way to solve the overpopulation of animals in this isolated jungle
town. Dr. Edwin was dealing with an
emergency C-section. She was unable to give birth on
her own, and Dr. Edwin determined to save both the dog and her puppies. “I didn't want to speak to him & distract
him” Manuela said. She was fascinated to
see him at work. “I recall videos of some of the earliest surgeries, back in
2004.” Manuela is referring to blurry
videos taken when CARES was first established, before smartphones and social
media. It was a time when vets didn't
have vital items such as gloves or surgical masks. “It's certainly not as modern as where I take
my pets in Florida, but I was pleasantly impressed by the cleanliness and
attention to patient care.”
|Vet Assistant, Harry, deworming puppies.|
The mama dog survived, as did several of her puppies. She needed to recover, and I took over bottle feeding duty for the hungry puppies. While the vets cleaned up, the vet assistants were already taking in new consults. Luckily, not every case is an emergency case!
Manuela Rodrigues is the President and Director of Amazon CARES USA and Amazon CARES Peru.
|Manuela with Clients and a Patient: A Cute Rabbit!|