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Severely hurt in barn fire, Pa. horse's inspiring recovery offers hope to human burn survivors
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) ' A horse that sustained major injuries in an eastern Pennsylvania barn fire has largely recovered and now may become a therapy animal for human burn survivors.
The spirited chestnut mare named Suki (SOO'-kee) suffered burns over two-thirds of her body in a blaze at a farm near Reading (RED'-ing) in July 2009.
Today, she bears some outward scarring and cannot be ridden because of delicate skin grafts.
But owner Frances Wade-Whittaker says Suki is essentially her normal, spunky self and could be inspiring to people who have endured similar ordeals.
Wade-Whittaker hopes to establish a partnership with a summer camp for burn survivors, and with a hospital support group for those injured by fire.