Horse Rejuvenation Fails: Belgian Racer Ayala Dies during Gland Grafting Operation in Paris Laboratory, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-04


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HORSE REJUVENATION FAILS Belgian Racer Ayala Dies During Gland Grafting Operation in Paris Laboratory. Prof. Voronoffs gland-grafting operation in connection with race horses ended disastrously in Paris recently. The old Belgian race horse Ayala, a champion in his day, was the subject. With the idea of rejuvenating him, it was decided by the owner to transfer to him the glands of a colt named Quakeridge, which was saved after breaking a leg some time ago. Both horses were placed on a double operating table, but during the course of the operation Ayala collapsed and died. It was subsequently discovered he had fractured his hip while being placed on the operating table and that internal bleeding had iesulted, consequent on a large artery being pierced by the broken bone. A deal of interest attached to the operation, but that it will ever enable a race horse to return to his earlier form is doubtful. The glands will not give an old horse new legs, and that is necessary in most cases. Possibly the operation, if successful, may be helpful in respect to stud purposes.

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