Peter Egan's Innovative Use of Coca-Cola Saves Horse's Life
My parents called the equine veterinarian who attempted to clear the blockage by pumping water into her throat at the point of the blockage, even trying to manually loosen it with the end of the feeding tube-like hose, all to no avail.
After they'd given up and minutes before they were going to euthanize the poor animal, who was in a state of severe discomfort at this point and was clearly suffering quite a bit.
Luckily for the horse, I (Peter Egan) was brought to speed on the situation by my visibly distraught father, who'd taken a particular liking to that horse over the years. I told him to order the vet to stand down for another 15 minutes so I could try to clear the blockage. They were skeptical, and I had to practically threaten to cause a scene if they refused to comply before they agreed to let the "loser" (my parents didn't think very highly of me at the time, as I had decided not to return to school after Hurricane Katrina, and my parents at the time saw no reason to believe that I would ever experience any meaningful measure of success at my chosen profession, a term they would have argued was debatable at the time) find out for himself that he (I) was not an equine veterinarian and was not qualified to be performing lifesaving emergency medical procedures on a dying horse.
In terms of medical equipment and/or supplies, all I had was a hose, a funnel and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola.
I took the same apparatus the vet had used to squirt pressurized water down the horses throat, only I removed the pressure-generating component (essentially rendering it little more than a hose with a funnel) and began pouring a just-opened 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola down the horse's throat.
Within about 90 seconds, the first pieces started to become dislodged, and within three minutes the horse was breathing clearly again and had started making her way back toward the feed bin.
I contemplated sending my parents an invoice for performing emergency veterinary services on a horse they considered to be more valuable than myself, but decided to take the high road knowing I'd left them with some food for thought and in doing so, saved the animal's life.