Collaboration provides more healing for Northstar

Collaboration provides more healing for Northstar

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 case.