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Hospital workers save orang-utan

Dana
Dana is expected to have successful pregnancies in the future

Staff at Jersey Hospital have helped save the life of an orang-utan which suffered health complications while giving birth to a stillborn baby.

Dana, who lives at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, went into labour on Saturday and suffered huge blood loss.

An anaesthetist and an obstetrician from the hospital, together with their teams and staff from the zoo, battled to save her.

The zoo has praised its staff and the consultants for their quick action.

Senior ape keeper Gordon Hunt said: "We are very lucky not to have lost both of them.

"The quick action of the keepers and the rapid response of the hospital team and veterinary cover ensured Dana's survival."

Peter Sullivan, the obstetrician who helped save Dana, said: "Hospital staff have helped with a caesarean at the zoo before so when we were notified that Dana was giving birth we were more than happy to help out.

Speedy recovery

"There was concerns after the birth that Dana didn't look very well so she was darted and taken to the vet centre where my colleague, anaesthetist Gary Purcel-Jones, and I tended to her.

"I was worried I wouldn't be able to handle it but the uterus felt pretty much like a human uterus."

The zoo said Dana, who is 21, was showing signs of a speedy recovery and should go on to have successful pregnancies in the future.

Tests are to be carried out on her baby to try to establish why it died.

According to the zoo, staff tried to save its life by giving it mouth resuscitation and heart massage but it was already dead.

The Sumatran orang-utan is one of the world's most endangered great apes, with an estimated 7,000 individuals in the wild.

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