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Barbaro has a good week

October 27, 2006

Barbaro and Dr Dean Richardson feature on the cover of the University of Pennsylvania's publication Bellweather. The article "It Takes a Team to Mend a Horse", profiles the staff at New Bolton who have been caring for Barbaro - and other patients.
It has been a little over five months since Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was brought to the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center.

"I am happy to report that Barbaro had another good week, and his appetite and vital signs remain excellent," said Dr. Dean W. Richardson, Chief of Surgery at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital.

Barbaro's right hind leg remains in a fiberglass cast.

"We are being very conservative with the right hind (fractured) limb in order to help protect the foundered left hind foot," said Dr. Richardson.

"The hoof is growing slowly and not uniformly so it has a long way to go before it is acceptably strong and functional," said Dr. Richardson.

"The foot will require meticulous care for a long time and setbacks here and there are probable."

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital, where he is recovering from injuries suffered at the Preakness on May 20.



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