The photographer, a finalist for the XXV Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Prize organized by Doctors of the World, shows the humanity of an animal that helps the sick in their last stretch of life.
Sometimes animals are able to understand us better than people. It is as if they could see us for who we really are, what we suffer, feel and suffer, without the need for words, stripping us of our outer facade. Sometimes animals heal and comfort.
That is the message that is extracted from the work of the photographer Jérémy Lempin, finalist of the XXV International Prize for Humanitarian Photography, Luis Valtueña, organized by Doctors of the World thanks to his series Doctor Peyo and Hassen. The award recognizes humanitarian photography that reveals social problems, such as injustices and rights abuses.
Peyo is a horse that cannot be caressed by anyone, it is not in his nature to be meek. He is a stallion who chooses who he wants to open up to, and when he does, he becomes a protective animal.
His trainer, Hassen Bouchakour, realized how special Peyo was and began to investigate the reasons for his changing behavior with emotionally, physically or psychologically vulnerable people.
Hassen sought advice from veterinary experts and medical specialists and, After four years of research and testing more than 500 horses, they concluded that Peyo’s brain activity is unique.
Peyo was born autistic and is able to instinctively detect cancers and tumors, a revelation before which Hassen decided to act and enter with his horse in the world of medicine to help others.
The horse pops its head out and addresses the patient it wants to visit. And it begins to lick the cancerous lesions.
Now, both work in the palliative care department of the hospital in Calais (France), where they have given him the affectionate nickname “Dr. Peyo”. This four-legged doctor chooses the rooms he wants to enter and the patients with whom he wants to establish a special bond.
Thanks to Peyo, many patients abandon the harsher medication and his presence comforts them, with psychological and physical results. Thanks to Doctor Peyo and Hassen, the end of their lives is something better.
(Taken from Restless Culture)