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Condition of Rachel Alexandra Still Considered Serious

16 May 09: The field for the Preakness passes the stands for the first time at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Preakness Day.

After foaling Rachel Alexandra was closely monitored by Stonestreet Farm employees as well as Rood & Riddle veterinarians. On Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 a change in her demeanor was noted and she was immediately rushed to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital to undergo exploratory abdominal surgery to determine the cause of excess fluid in her abdominal cavity denoting an infection. 

Surgery identified that the cause of the infection was a section of the small colon that had lost its blood supply due to an injury during foaling causing bacteria to be released into the abdomen.  The damaged section of intestine was removed and extensive abdominal lavage was performed to remove inflammatory cells and bacteria. Due to the nature and the extent of the problem the surgery was long and technically demanding but recovery from anesthesia was uncomplicated.

Rachel Alexandra is currently receiving IV antibiotics, IV fluids, anti-inflammatory agents, IV nutrition and medications to counteract the effects of bacterial toxins.  Medications are also being administered to aid in the prevention of scar tissue in the abdominal cavity.  A standing abdominal lavage utilizing abdominal drains placed at surgery is also being performed several times a day. 

Her condition is very serious but it is too early to give an accurate prognosis. 

A Rood and Riddle press release

 

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It sounds like they caught it fairly quickly, really hoping she can pull through this
I've thought of nothing else and prayed for Rachel all day. Thanks so much for keeping us updated, Brian.

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