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Recovery of burned Pa. horse offers hope to humans
Severely hurt in barn fire, Pa. horse's inspiring recovery offers hope to human burn survivors
By The Associated Press

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.

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