In a press release from Rood & Riddle, Dr. Brett Woodie, attending surgeon on the case, reported that her condition is “very serious” and it is too early to give an accurate prognosis.
Rachel Alexandra was rushed to Rood & Riddle in Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon when a change in her demeanor was observed following the Tuesday birth of her second foal, a 140-pound filly sired by 2006 champion three-year-old Bernardini.
Exploratory abdominal surgery detected an excess of fluid in her abdominal cavity, denoting an infection, Dr. Woodie stated in a press release.
“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 press release stated.
“The damaged section of intestine was removed and extensive abdominal lavage was performed to remove inflammatory cells and bacteria.”
Following a surgery that was “long and technically demanding,” Rachel Alexandra was put on a regimen of IV antibiotics, fluids and inflammatory agents, as well as nutrients and medications to counteract the effects of bacterial agents, the press release stated.
Medications are also being administered to aid in the prevention of scar tissue in the abdominal cavity. And, a standing abdominal lavage, utilizing abdominal drains, which was placed at surgery, is also being performed several times a day, the press release stated.