Collaboration between Dr. Samuel Hurcombe,
assistant professor of Equine Emergency and Critical Care at The Ohio State
University’s Galbreath Equine Center, and Dr. Larry Jones, Director of the Burn
Center at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State, is providing more healing
for Northstar, an American Paint Horse. Northstar has been treated in the
Galbreath Equine Center since September 2012 after he was severely burned in an
act of animal abuse and cruelty, where he was doused with a flammable liquid
and set on fire.
Instruments that are normally used in human burn procedures
were used to prepare the skin grafts for Northstar. They dressed the wounds
with bandages containing medical-grade silver, which functions as an
antibiotic, to speed healing of the grafts and the donor sites.
To learn more about this ground-breaking surgery
and to see video footage, click here.
The Ohio State
University College of Veterinary Medicine has created the Northstar Equine Emergency Critical Care Fund in honor of this brave horse. Donations to this
fund will be used to support equine critical care patients in need of
veterinary care and financial support at the Galbreath Equine Center.
Northstar’s owners live in northwestern
Pennsylvania, where police have investigated the burning incident as a criminal