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OSU Vet, Burn Specialist Team Up To Care For Burned Horse
Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:48 AM EST
Updated: Jun 18, 2013 1:48 AM EST
By: Alex Mazer, Multimedia Content Producer - email
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
An equine veterinarian and a burn surgeon have been working together to provide a chance at a normal life for a horse that was doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire last summer.
The Ohio State University doctors partnered to perform two skin graft procedures on the American Paint Horse, Northstar.
Northstar sustained severe burns to almost half of his body when the abuse occurred in September 2012.
The doctors used instruments used in a typical human burn surgery to perform Northstar’s procedures. The doctors and their teams removed ultrathin sheets of skin from Northstar’s chest and expanded them with a meshing tool before placing the grafts across the wound on the horse’s back.
When the horse arrived in Columbus on September 5, 2012, Northstar had exposed bone as a result of the burns. There was skin damage from his neck to the base of his tail and along both of his sides.
At this stage, more than half of Northstar’s initial wound is healed. He will likely undergo a series of additional sheet grafts to completely heal the wound.
“It’s a slow process, but even in the time we’ve been caring for him, he has made remarkable progress,” said Samuel Hurcombe, a specialist in equine emergency and critical care. “From a welfare standpoint, his psychology is great and after what he’s gone through, the fact that he is still so trusting of people is pretty amazing.”
Northstar, who turned 7 in January, is gently tethered to keep him standing and he wears a cradle that immobilizes his neck several hours throughout the day. He is covered in bandages and wears a full-body “sleazy”.
The doctors and their clinical teams hope Northstar will have a complete layer of skin by his eighth birthday.
“His skin graft take is a little less than what I am used to in humans,” Dr. Larry Jones, with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center noted. “But as Dr. Hurcombe reminds me, considering his hospital bed is in a barn, he is doing very well. I view Northstar in the same way as I do any of my other patients. I just want him to get better and go on and live his life as a horse.”
Northstar’s owners live in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Police detectives in Pennsylvania have been investigating the burning incident as a criminal case.
No suspect has been identified in the case.