Barbaro gets bandage on left foot

September 20, 2006|By Sandra McKee

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro got another positive review yesterday and took another small step in his recovery, according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital.

"He had an excellent week," Richardson said about the horse who is recovering from the broken rear right leg he suffered in the May 20 Preakness and from the ensuing complication of laminitis, an inflammation, in his left hind foot. "We replaced the boot on his left hind foot with a bandage because the hoof is doing well."

Also, Richardson said Barbaro remains comfortable in the cast that has been on his broken right leg for the past three weeks.

"We won't change it unless there is a reason to do so, and we will continue to monitor his comfort closely before deciding when to replace or remove this cast," Richardson said in a prepared statement. "He is enjoying his daily excursions outside to graze, and his appetite is excellent."

Barbaro continues to stay in the Intensive Care Unit at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. The next update on his condition is expected Tuesday, unless a significant change in his condition occurs.

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