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Last Thursday was a very important day for our young chimpanzee since the two veterinarians qualifid in eye surgery had arrived from Johannesburg to check and operate his left eye.
In a few words and before I start, know that all went well!
Thursday morning, Doguy was sedated and transfered to a clinic. Our sanctuary has a brand new clinic but it isn’t equiped yet and we didn’t have the needed sedation machine (gas anaesthesia)  usually used for long surgeries. So, J.A.C.K. had to rent the theater of another veterinary clinic for this particular occasion.
The two South African surgeons carried out different tests on Doguy’s eye and found out it wasn’t suffering of cataract but that it had an issue on the cornea. Doguy has had an ulcer on this part of the eye which has slowly healed leaving a lesion onto the cornea. Some calcium has started to cover the lesion providing the eye with a very small whitish spot. This lesion has no impact at all on Doguy’s sight but to be sure the two eye specialists connected the chimpanzee to their computer via 3 electrodes to check the qualiy of the retina. And, apparently, the retina is working perfectly well and Doguy has an excellent sight!
Then came the decision to do the surgery or not. This calcium cloud on Doguy’s eye can be removed by getting rid of the first layer of the cornea. The two surgeons said it wasn’t a very complex surgery but that it could have very serious consequences. A chimpanzee remains a chimpanzee and to tell Doguy not to touch his eye is impossible! So, considering the fact Doguy so far has a good sight, the two doctors decided not to operate because of all the post-operative care. The chimpanzee could make the healing worse by touching the wound with dirty hands. Or, if we don’t have the appropriate medication or if the treatment isn’t done in a good way (it is okay for us to touch Doguy’s eye but sometimes Doguy isn’t that cooperative!), infection might start and lead to blindness of the remaining eye…
In addition to the corneal problem, it was discovered our young male produces tears of bad quality. A tear is made of some water, mucus and lipids. Doguy’s tears don’t lubricate  his eye enough which could cause irritation and pain especially when the sun is shining too much and when the air is dry and dusty. J.A.C.K. now must find the adequate medication to face this inconvenience as dry season is coming soon (April)!
So, during this particular event, Doguy got sedated, checked and not operated! The two specialists have asked us to follow the white spot on Doguy’s eye: if it gets bigger and whiter and if there is some eye discharge, then some surgery will be needed…
Dear Friends of Doguy, these are the latest updates on Doguy who is now already back in his group. Although surgery didn’t take place, it was an excellent opportunity to have the two surgeons at J.A.C.K. as today we know exactly what is going on with Doguy’s remaining eye! We are so relieved  his sight is very good and that this white spot isn’t painful at all! I was very afraid of the diagnosis. So many things are missing here …
On this very particular event, J.A.C.K. had the chance to be surrounded by a great team  of Friends and Vets who we all thank for being so helpful!. From the right to the left: Dr Keri-Lee (eye surgeon), Dr Jackie (vet and great friend of J.A.C.K.invited to attend the occasion!), behind her Dr Izak (eye surgeon), Dr Christian (J.A.C.K. veterinarian), Dr Jean Claude (J.A.C.K. volunteer veterinarian), Dr Noella (assistant of Dr Jean Claude), Dr Rebeca (ophtalmologist and friend who has taken care of Doguy’s eye since 2017) and on my right side another assistant of Dr Jean Claude. Vet assistant Ben is making the picture!

 

Doguy, the team of J.A.C.K., Franck and myself do thank all the great donors and sponsors who took part in the different fundraisings in Europe and the US to help Doguy.

Also, we thank from the deepest of our heart Mr Manoël and the Hôtel Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia for having kindly sponsored the accomodation of our guests.

Many, many, many thanks to Mr Josh and his team of  Katanga Contracting Services (KCS) as they covered the journey and most of the stay of the two eye surgeons. Organising this event has been a real challenge and, therefore, any support has been more than welcome!!

Thanks a lot to the great Friends of J.A.C.K. who managed to find the qualified veterinarians ready to come to the DRC: Gregg, Kaitlyyn, Belinda, Neil and their precious friends.

Franck and I thank Dr Rebeca as well as our dear team of keepers who have been with Doguy for so many years, who have provided him with the best care and who were next to him on this very special D-Day!

Again, we wish to thank our two wonderful guests, Doctors Izak and Keri-Lee, for their passion, time and experience as well as for their wish to help Doguy today and in the future!

And thanks again so much to All of You who made this event possible for our young friend Doguy! It is obvious J.A.C.K. wouldn’t have been able to organise all this without YOU! And it is very clear that, without YOU, we would still be extremely anxious about the health of Doguy’s remaining eye! Doguy is very lucky to have YOU! Thank YOU all again so much for HIM!

 

GIVING DAY FOR APES – 1 day to go!

DOGUY is our one-eyed resident to whom we have dedicated this year’s GIVING DAY FOR APES campaign. Every single donation will help our sanctuary cover the different costs of this important surgery (cataract on his remaining eye!).

From the 16th of September on  till D-Day  of the GIVNG DAY FOR APES event(Sept.25) , we are going to tell you DOGUY’s story and how he faced eye issues. These are the different topics we have already talked about to introduce DOGUY:

1/ How DOGUY arrived at J.A.C.K.

2/ How DOGUY adjusted to his life at J.A.C.K.

3/ Beginning of DOGUY’s disease

4/Doguy a vulnerable chimpanzee

5/ Zamba always around

6/ Galopping eye disease

7/ Eye removal

8/ Doguy, one-eyed chimpanzee

 

Keep in mind that this huge fundraising event will give DOGUY  the chance of not becoming blind.

Join our fundraiser here:

https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Jack-Congo

D  Day -1/ Cataract!

Since DOGUY seems to have eye issues often, it was decided to have regular eye check-ups on his remaining left eye.

This is how we discovered last February that DOGUY’s eye was suffering from uveitis, keratitis and cataract. The two first diseases were cured by means of eye drops; DOGUY is ok with getting drops in his eyes!

However, you can’t remove a cataract with eye drops! Qualified eye specialists and appropriate equipment are needed for this type of surgery. Because none of these could be found in the DRC, two South African veterinarians accepted to offer their knowledge and skills to save Doguy’s eye! We hope this #GivingDayForApes campaign will help us collect the funds to prevent Doguy from becoming blind!

 

 

GIVING DAY FOR APES – 2 days to go!

DOGUY is our one-eyed resident to whom we have dedicated this year’s GIVING DAY FOR APES campaign. Every single donation will help our sanctuary cover the different costs of this important surgery (cataract on his remaining eye!).

From the 16th of September on  till D-Day  of the GIVNG DAY FOR APES event(Sept.25) , we are going to tell you DOGUY’s story and how he faced eye issues. These are the different topics we have already talked about to introduce DOGUY:

1/ How DOGUY arrived at J.A.C.K.

2/ How DOGUY adjusted to his life at J.A.C.K.

3/ Beginning of DOGUY’s disease

4/Doguy a vulnerable chimpanzee

5/ Zamba always around

6/ Galopping eye disease

7/ Eye removal

 

Keep in mind that this huge fundraising event will give DOGUY  the chance of not becoming blind.

Join our fundraiser here:

https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Jack-Congo

D  Day -2 / Doguy, one-eyed chimpanzee

As mentionned yesterday, DOGUY underwent a huge surgery in September 2017: the removal of his right eye! We are extremely lucky DOGUY is a very easy going chimpanzee and that he didn’t touch his wound and let it heal without any problems.

When he went back into his group, some of his friends immediately noticed something in his face had changed!  .

DOGUY ajusted to his new life very quickly and enjoyed having BF ZAMBA still around! Since then, DOGUY had a normal life again among others of his own kind! We were all very happy for him!

GIVING DAY FOR APES – 4 days to go!

DOGUY is our one-eyed resident to whom we have dedicated this year’s GIVING DAY FOR APES campaign. Every single donation will help our sanctuary cover the different costs of this important surgery (cataract on his remaining eye!).

From the 16th of September on  till D-Day  of the GIVNG DAY FOR APES event(Sept.25) , we are going to tell you DOGUY’s story and how he faced eye issues. These are the different topics we have already talked about to introduce DOGUY:

1/ How DOGUY arrived at J.A.C.K.

2/ How DOGUY adjusted to his life at J.A.C.K.

3/ Beginning of DOGUY’s disease

4/Doguy a vulnerable chimpanzee

5/ Zamba always around

 

Keep in mind that this huge fundraising event will give DOGUY  the chance of not becoming blind.

Join our fundraiser here:

 https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Jack-Congo

D  Day -4 / Galopping progress of eye disease

For several years, no progress was to be seen on Doguy’s right eye! It was as if the white spot had stopped growing. DOGUY was doing fine and had adjusted well to his new life…

Unfortunately, by the end of year 2016, we noticed a galopping progress of the white spot which became bigger, looked harder and affected the cornea. Drugs had no more effects! The tough decision of removing DOGUY’s right eye had to be taken!

(more on DOGUY’s story tomorrow!)

 

GIVING DAY FOR APES – 5 days to go!

DOGUY is our one-eyed resident to whom we have dedicated this year’s GIVING DAY FOR APES campaign. Every single donation will help our sanctuary cover the different costs of this important surgery (cataract on his reamining eye!).

From the 16th of September on  till D-Day  of the GIVNG DAY FOR APES event(Sept.25) , we are going to tell you DOGUY’s story and how he faced eye issues. These are the different topics we have already talked about to introduce DOGUY:

1/ How DOGUY arrived at J.A.C.K.

2/ How DOGUY adjusted to his life at J.A.C.K.

3/ Beginning of DOGUY’s disease

4/Doguy a vulnerable chimpanzee

 

Keep in mind that this huge fundraising event will give DOGUY  the chance of not becoming blind.

Join our fundraiser here:

 https://givingdayforapes.mightycause.com/organization/Jack-Congo

D  Day -5 / ZAMBA always around

ZAMBA is DOGUY’s best friend. They arrived nearly at the same time at the sanctuary and, since they spent their quarantine period together, they developped strong bonds. ZAMBA has always been like a sister to DOGUY!

Remember, ZAMBA lost sight for nearly 6 weeks when she arrived at J.A.C.K. because of malnutrition and a great lack in Vitamine A! ZAMBA apparently knows what it is to be blind and/or to loose sight and we are convinced this is the reason why she has been taking  so good care of her friend for all these years!!


(more on Doguy’s life tomorrow!)

 

All the chimps of Mwisho’s group are outside today! The whole group is now again reunited !! So happy for them!

Great news! Our very sick boys, CHITA, PADDA & SEKI, are doing great! CHITA welcomed me with sparkling eyes this morning. He was playful and happy in his nest of fresh eucalyptus leaves and dry grass… He will probably leave quarantine tomorrow with hi two other friends!

Great news today for some of our big boys! Yes, the first group that entered into quarantine the other day has been allowed to go outside this morning. They are still a bit coughing, but there are no more runny noses and fever’s gone! Warm weather and fresh air will be good to them! I am so happy to see them again outside!!!

Good progress for CHITA & PADDA who started eating and moving again. Only SEKI was still extremely lethargic and refused any food, which means he isn’t doing well at all as SEKI loves eating!!! Let’s see how he’ll feel tomorrow… Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures; there is no power in the night rooms…

Bad coughing and a lot of sneezing this morning. One more sick today, SEKI – which means only 4 out of 17 are doing fine…

We are very worried about CHITA (picture) & PADDA : they aren’t doing well at all! None of them move, eat nor drink. Flu has hit these big boys badly… Let’s hope they’ll feel better tomorrow!

I’ll update tomorrow – thank you!

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