Barbaro continues to heal, may get new cast

SPORTS DIGEST

October 04, 2006|By Sandra McKee

It has been another good week for Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, where he continues his recovery from the broken rear right leg he suffered May 20 in the Preakness and from the laminitis developed in his rear left foot.

"He is doing very, very well," said Dr. Dean Richardson, Barbaro's surgeon. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be excellent."

Richardson said the cast on Barbaro's right hind leg may be changed within the coming week, if needed. Barbaro's left hind hoof remains in a protective bandage, which is changed daily.

The thoroughbred also continues to go out to walk and graze daily.

In a news release, Richardson said that though he is pleased with Barbaro's progress, he remains cautious about his prognosis. As stated many times, Barbaro must regrow enough of his left hoof to be able to stand on all four feet to survive, and continues to be at risk for laminitis in his other three hooves, should he become uncomfortable distributing his weight equally on his healing extremities.

Barbaro remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The next update is to be posted Tuesday, unless there is a significant change in Barbaro's condition.

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