Sometimes prayers are not answered in the way we want them to be. Babies are born into this world only to be taken away while still so very young. Hollis was less than 3 months old when he passed away last night. The delight he brought to those blessed with knowing him was a great gift. Hollis loved life. His sense of wonder and joyful play will never be forgotten. He truly was an angel. And angels are often called back to heaven… as Hollis was.
Hollis and Mama were doing fine yesterday. Dr Major, an equine specialist from the East Coast, had come in to assist with Hollis’s recovery. Plans were being made for what therapies and surgeries would be needed in the coming months to allow this little foal grow up and live the life that was so precious to him and his Momma. The Vets at Texas A&M and other specialists were working hard to find solutions to some very complicated problems Hollis had with his upper airway. The doctors decided to do another scope – to check and see how the baby donkey’s throat was healing. That was at 10 o’clock last night. After the scoping, Hollis was put back with his Momma in the ICU to recover. All seemed to be well until 11 when Hollis suddenly passed away.
There will be an necropsy done. And the Vets dealing with Hollis’s issues already have learned a great deal more about how to help foals born with a similar condition. There will be other baby equines born with growths in their airway. And the medical research done to help Hollis will be there to help them survive. All the donations that were made in support of Hollis will not have gone for naught. His death was not in vain.
Hollis’s Momma is being picked up today from the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital. Just as her baby Hollis was named after deputy Jessica Hollis – the brave Travis County Sheriff’s Officer that gave her life protecting the people of Austin, Hollis’s Momma will now honor her by using her first name – Jessica. Jessica will be coming back to our rehabilitation center in Manvel, Texas where she will be loved, fed, helped to recover from this horrible experience…then placed up for adoption to find a family that she can share her love with. Hollis, her little angel, will be with her in spirit, watching from the Rainbow Bridge.
We wish to thank each and everyone of you for the support and prayers you have given for Baby Hollis. The days he spent with his Momma were ones of pure joy. Your continued support made this happen and allows other horses an opportunity for a full, healthy life. If you wish to make a contribution in memory of Hollis – you can do so by clicking on the link below. Your donation will go towards our goal of rescuing those without a voice – the lost, neglected and abused horses, burros…all equine.