Turbo, Mini Baby Horse Who Ran Free After Getting His Own Wheelchair, Is Dead-Rest In Peace

One of the most inspiring stories of recent weeks has come to a heartbreaking end: Turbo, a mini-horse who warmed hearts after being given his own wheelchair for the first time, died suddenly.

Turbo History
Turbo has struggled with mobility issues since birth. According to a press release from Walkin’ Pets, he was born with two dislocated kneecaps, meaning his kneecaps protruded at the wrong angles, making him unable to bear weight on his hind legs.

He was nearly euthanized, but luckily he was rescued after being taken en route to a shelter on a farm in North Haven, Connecticut.

Co-founder Megan Pereira is a specialist in Veterinary Medicine who holds a special place in her heart for farm animals with disabilities.

“I lean towards people with special needs who really need medical attention,” Meghan said.

The shelter not only saved Turbo’s life, but also began looking for a way to let Turbo run free like an ordinary horse despite his disability.

Taking care of Turbo’s medical needs, she partnered with Walkin’ Pets, an organization dedicated to providing mobile devices to injured and disabled pets who heard of Turbo’s story and stepped in to help.

They went to the farm and provided Turbo with a special wheelchair, hoping it would help the young horse walk again. In an Instant, Turbo’s life changed.

“The minute we tied him to the cart, he rushed to run!! He did well,” Meghan said.

“Seeing the Turbo ‘walk’ unassisted and drag its legs into its cart, I almost cried. I wasn’t crying, but I almost cried. He ran, jumped – it was all very exciting.

“Turbo is an amazing little man,” Meghan told New Haven Register. “He has the cutest and most angry personality in the world. He really has the will to live and when we saw it in him, we realized we had to help him.

Turbo’s unexpected death
Within weeks, Turbo was finally able to break free, knowing the normalcy and freedom he had been denied for so long. But unfortunately, her beautiful life recently ended too soon.

On Monday, the heavy-hearted shrine announced that Turbo had passed away suddenly.

“Honestly, I’m shocked and can’t believe my eyes,” Meghan wrote on Instagram. He went. This afternoon I received an alarm call from his doctors, which was coded out of nowhere.”

The shocking news came suddenly as Turbo had just spent an “amazing weekend” grazing on the streets and all of his medical tests showed positive results.

But suddenly, the horse’s heart stopped. Doctors unsuccessfully performed artificial respiration. “Despite their best efforts, they were unable to get his heart beating again. Honestly, I’m numb. I couldn’t have imagined this would happen for a million years.”

“I asked many times what was wrong. They do not know. It could be a reaction to drugs, a delayed reaction to anesthesia, a weird accident. But we are ordering an autopsy to settle this matter.”

Although the circumstances of his sudden death are still unclear, we can take comfort in the fact that Turbo defied circumstances, started working on his own, and inspired people around the world.

“Let yourself be relieved of the pain and be wild and free,” Megan wrote.


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