Huong Ngo

By Huong Ngo

LifeBuzz Staff

Therapy Donkey Helps A Mute Girl To Speak Again, And It’s Beautiful.

Going through a tough time in life is hard to endure alone. Sometimes all it takes is one companion (the right one) to make it all better.

Amber Austwick was born with her twin prematurely. Unfortunately for Amber, she was born a special case — unable to breathe while she was in the womb. To fix the problem, doctors had to perform an emergency tracheostomy when she was born. In order to allow air into her windpipe they installed a pipe that would ultimately cut off airflow in her vocal chords making her completely mute.

Just like others who've needed that one companion to help them survive, Amber also needed that one special someone to help her get through this difficult time in her life. That's where Shocks the donkey comes in.

A friend of Amber's mother mentioned The Donkey Sanctuary to her and told her about how the donkeys were used as therapy for special needs children.

A friend of Amber's mother mentioned The Donkey Sanctuary to her and told her about how the donkeys were used as therapy for special needs children.

Amber's Donkey

It was Amber's first encounter ever with a therapy animal. Amber was also Shock's first patient.

Shocks was actually found left for dead when he was finally rescued from a farm in Ireland.

It was Amber's first encounter ever with a therapy animal. Amber was also Shock's first patient.

Amber's Donkey

He was found abused and tied up with bleach poured all over his wounds.

Thankfully his suffering came to an end when the rescuers found him and brought him to The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England.

He was found abused and tied up with bleach poured all over his wounds.

Amber's Donkey

"It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other," said her father, Julian Austwick.

Shocks would always lower his head to let Amber embrace him around his neck. It was initially a scary sight for the parents but the duo appeared extremely smitten.

"It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other," said her father, Julian Austwick.

Amber's Donkey

Shocks motivated her to become more active. She needed this to build her strength.

Amber was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition which affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills.

Shocks motivated her to become more active. She needed this to build her strength.

Amber's Donkey

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