Mosha, the elephant, was just 2 years old when she lost her front leg to a landmine explosion on the Thai-Burmese Border. Luckily, an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, took it upon himself to build her the first ever prosthetic limb for an elephant! As Mosha grows, the limb must be modified and re-built to withstand her growing size and weight. Mosha will never forget the Doctor who changed her life!
Meet Mosha, the first elephant in the world to receive a prosthetic leg! When Mosha was just 2 years old, she lost her front leg in a landmine explosion along the Thai-Burmese border. She had very little chance of living a normal, full life. Fortunately, an orthopedic surgeon took an interest in her and felt he should do something to help her.
Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, an Orthopedic Surgeon by trade, used his knowledge and expertise to invent the first ever Prosthetic Limb for an elephant. He took into account her size and weight and designed and created an artificial leg to help Mosha live a normal, happy life. As Mosha has grown, the pressure and weight on the prosthetic leg has increased, causing it to break, so a new one must be created every few years.
Dr. Jivacate is challenged with building a better, stronger and sturdier version of the prosthetic limb every few years. He has been doing so since he first operated on Mosha 15 years ago. Each model is better than the last. Mosha is extremely grateful. She remembers Dr. Jivacate and shows him affection and appreciation for his hard work. She will never forget him and everything he has done for her.
Dr. Jivacate has been working with the World’s first Elephant Hospital located in Lampang, Thailand. Since it’s opening, the Elephant Hospital has treated 4,000 injured and sick elephants. Mosha is the first of many who will benefit from the invention of the prosthetic limb for elephants. Here’s to the Doctor who changed her life!