Veterinarians, doctors team up for historic horse surgery
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Veterinarians, doctors team up for historic horse surgery

August 17, 2019


CLARK POWELL: Considering all he’s been through,
Northstar remains remarkably trusting of humans. It was in a pasture in Pennsylvania last summer
that someone doused him with a flammable liquid and set him on fire. SAMUEL HURCOMBE, BVMS: Really severe burn
injury over his shoulders and withers and back. All the way down to his pelvis. POWELL: Dr. Samuel Hurcombe an his team stabilized
Northstar, but they knew the size of his injuries would be a challenge. That’s when he consulted
with Dr. Larry Jones, a human burn surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical
Center. LARRY JONES, MD: There are a lot of new treatments
being developed, a lot of research going on, in the burn center that you could bring those
things together. POWELL: So in one of the first surgeries of
its kind, that’s what happened. Using techniques and equipment normally reserved for humans,
the doctors went to work on Northstar. Taking small healthy tissue from its belly, they
were able to stretch it and graft it to the burns across his back. JONES: I can take a piece of skin and you
can imagine covering a larger area at least up to four times the area of the original
graft. POWELL: Then they covered his wounds with
a bandage containing medical grade silver to prevent infection and help him heal. After
two historic surgeries, doctors are cautiously optimistic. Northstar is tolerating it well
and seems determined to get better. HURCOMBE: We all just want him to be comfortable.
We all just want him to be as functional as a horse can be, which is be in the field,
be in the pasture, graze, be with his buddies in the herd without significant pain or distress. POWELL: At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center,
this is Clark Powell reporting.

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  1. OOOO GOD BLESS HIM!!!! & THX YOU DR"S FOR HELPING HIM!!!!
    NOW! LETS FIND WHO EVER DID THIS …. & BURN THEM….& LET EM SUFFER!!!!…. GOD! IT MAKES ME SICK HOW ANY1 COULD DO THIS!!!!
    & YET I WANNA SEE WHOEVER DID THIS SUFFER….. I"M NOT A VILE OR ANGERY PERSON EITHER …IN JUST THE OPPISIT….I WEAR MY HEART ON MY SELVES!!!

  2. I don't agree with this – he's had to suffer for a nearly a year while awaiting his surgeries and I'm sure the procedures are costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Poor use of resources! Who is picking up this bill – Ohio State? Good story for the horse bad story for those providing the $.

  3. I agree that that this horse has had to suffer more than any animal should, not a good story for the horse! I'm confident if it was my animal I would have relieved it of it's suffering as soon as possible. It still doesn't take away from the significance of the procedure.

  4. I'd rather see my tax dollars go towards this horse's surgery than to someone who's on welfare that is completely able to work, they just don't want to.

  5. For those disagreeing, you are clearly not horse owners & in talking about the cost, it's still experimentation, the same would have been done to a human at no cost;But I'm sure you consider a humans more valuable a life is a life, & they would not have left him untreated & unmedicated for a year. If you're still looking at this as animals are unimportant think this way, by doing this &proving they can do this successfully at this size will do wonders for those suffering from similar injuries

  6. While his injuries and procedures are not painless, he is not suffering. True, an animal may not understand why it has to undergo and endure discomfort or stressful events with an ultimate goal of improved quality of life in mind. But if any pain and/or suffering were met with the only outcome being cessation of pain by euthanasia, then we would be doing a disservice to people and animals alike. And no, OSU is not picking up the bill –> northstarequinefoundation.o r g

  7. So sad. I never thought any1 would hate horses. I thought that you either loved them, liked them or were scared of them. I'm guessing this is reality.

  8. Bad comparison Crystalwolf2006… there are no jobs to be had. I do think that the people that set him on fire should pay for it. Northstar is from my area, my heart aches for him

  9. At the time this happened, donations for his care were sought. I was glad to be able to donate even a small amount of money for is care and recovery. To my knowledge, the scumbag that did this wasn't found.

  10. over here, we also have a horse torturer at work. I hope they catch him, he attacked more than 10 horses, with fire and with knives. Bastard!

  11. Do a little research. A donor paid for his medical bills. As in a donation….it didn't come from anyone's pocket but theirs. He might have had to wait, but at least he lived

  12. I hate some people!!! Anyone that does such cruel things should be eliminated from the human race. Lucky horse! That must have been tough to decide to treat the poor horse vs euthanizing. I mean, you have to consider the pain involved for treatment. Amazing work by the vets!

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