Shaktiman to get new leg from US for free

“The artificial limb will reach within a week. It costs nearly 3,000 US dollars, but Jamie is providing it free of cost. We have to pay only the shipping charges,” he added.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Dehradun | Updated: March 22, 2016 2:35 am
Shaktiman on Monday. Express Shaktiman on Monday. Express

Shaktiman, the horse which lost its leg after BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi allegedly hit it during an agitation, is set to get a new limb straight from the US, for free.

Jamie Vaughan, who runs a US-based NGO working for veterinary care in Bhutan, recently visited Reserve Police Lines in Dehradun to take stock of the horse’s condition in the presence of Dr Phiroze Khambatta, Equine Ortho Surgeon of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Khambatta had conducted the surgery to amputate Shaktiman’s leg.

Jamie has assured that she will arrange for an artificial limb from a US-based manufacturing firm, said Dehradun’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr R S Negi.

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“The artificial limb will reach within a week. It costs nearly 3,000 US dollars, but Jamie is providing it free of cost. We have to pay only the shipping charges,” he added. Jamie came to know about Shaktiman from Khambatta, Negi said.

Meanwhile, the injured horse in being well looked after at the Reserve Police Lines. Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat visited the police lines twice last week to take stock of Shaktiman’s health and directed doctors to ensure that he gets the best treatment.

Currently, doctors have attached an artificial limb provided by Dr Vijay Nautiyal of Artificial Limb Hospital, Dehradun.

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