Meet Angel Marie, the three-legged pony who lost her leg after her mother accidentally stepped on the little horse. This happened shortly after Angel Marie’s birth and the tiny horse had to learn to live like an amputee – until Derrick Campana, aka Virginia’s Dr Doolittle stepped in and saved the day by providing the pony with a prosthetic leg.
The certified orthotist started his career making bionic legs for humans but realized helping animals was his calling. Today he works at Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Virginia. Campana uses highly durable medical-grade plastics to fashion prosthetic legs. Although the man has helped many animals, he says that seeing Angel Marie taking her first steps was emotional: “Seeing her walk, and having her here today walking is just a dream come true. A miracle.”
Angel Marie’s owner Lennie Green says Campana saved her pony’s life and the woman feels just overwhelmed with gratitude. “The kids just love her to death. And she loves kids. It’s really a great thing. The prosthetics, if it wasn’t for that she wouldn’t have made it.”