2010, November 11

Hi Everyone,

No good news for today: we had an X-ray of Tommy's arm and he has osteomyelitis.

Remember, I told you he had had a pellet gone through his right arm and different treatments had been given to Tommy before his transfer to our sanctuary.

X-ray Tommy's arm
black spot left of humerus is where pellet hurt bone - infection also on top right where an abscess full of pus was located

The results are not positive: his bone is infected inside and oral/injectable treatment (Lincomycin) apparently isn't enough. The best thing appears to be a curettage of the sick bone...

We have found a surgeon in Lubumbashi ready to help, so I'll come back to you very soon...