Monday, July 10, 2006

Cast #6 for Barbaro on Monday

July 10, 2006

News report verbatim for New Bolton Center: After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro this morning, Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery, replaced the cast on the colt’s injured hind leg for a sixth time. “The long leg cast was replaced with a short leg cast this morning. This was done with Barbaro in a sling and only under mild sedation,” said Dr. Richardson. “The long cast was used as extra support during the anesthetic recovery phase. It is much easier for him to move around his stall and get up and down with a short cast. We also found and treated an abscess in his left hind foot that was bothering him.”

Barbaro spent a comfortable night and is eating well after surgery to stabilize the pastern joint this weekend. “We’re continuing his pain medication, antibiotics and other supportive care,” said Dr. Richardson. “He appears more comfortable today and has had a normal temperature, heart rate and overall attitude.”

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.

Hoofblog note: Several readers said they have had trouble finding New Bolton Center on the map. That's because it is in the town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, about an hour outside Philadelphia. NBC is the name given to the large-animal complex of hospitals and research centers, which act as a sort of field station for the University of Pennsylvania's vet school, which is located in downtown Philadelphia.