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Barbaro does better in new cast

July 18, 2006

Barbaro's appetite remains good.

Photos: Sabina Louise Pierce/University of Pennsylvania

There's some good news on the Barbaro front - he is doing well in his new shorter cast that was replaced last week and continuing to respond to treatment for the laminitis in his "good" foot.

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson reported yesterday that the Kentucky Derby's vital signs weare good and that he had another quiet, restful night.

"He remains in stable condition, and he is eating well," said Dr. Richardson.

"We continue to manage his pain successfully, and he is alert."

Barbaro is tolerating his right hind leg cast well; this cast supports the repair of the injury suffered at the Preakness on May 20. To treat a severe case of laminitis in the colt's left rear hoof, last week Dr. Richardson and his surgical team performed a hoof wall resection that removed 80 percent of the hoof. [Full details]

Doctors then applied a modified fibreglass foot cast to protect the hoof; this foot cast will be changed as needed so that the hoof can be treated and watched for signs of infection. The foot cast is rigid and provides greater stability and support than a bandage.

"It is important for people to understand that this is not a 'routine' laminitis. The care involved in treating a hoof with this degree of compromise is complex," said Dr. Richardson.

Barbaro continues to be monitored closely in the Intensive Care Unit of the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.



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