Therapy Horse Helps Patients Heal At Tufts Medical Center


IF LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE, WHAT ABOUT A SMILE? THIS MINIATURE HORSE PROVIDES THOSE TWO PATIENTS AT ONE LOCAL HOSPITAL. LILY IS A THERAPY HORSE THAT WORKS WITH THE KIDS AS WELL AS THE ADULTS. SHE IS MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE HELPING PATIENT HEAL. Reporter: IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU SEE A HORSE WALK THROUGH THE HALLS IN A HOSPITAL. THAT’S AN UNDERSTATEMENT. BUT FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS, LILY, THE MINIATURE HORSE, HAS BEEN ROAMING THE WORDS OF TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER LOOKING FOR ATTENTION, AND SHE GETS PLENTY OF IT. BENT DOWN AND KISSED. LILY IS A THERAPY HORSE, CERTIFIED MUCH LIKE A THERAPY DOG. HER OWNER SAYS SHE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN THE PATIENTS SHE VISITS. WE’VE HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES HERE WITH KIDS THAT WERE NOT RESPONSIVE UNTIL WE BROUGHT THE HORSE IN AND THEY’VE COME OUT OF THEIR SHELL, SO TO SPEAK. YOU KNOW I BRUSH IT FOR AN HOUR EVERY DAY. NOT ONLY DOES LILY VISIT THE KIDS, BUT SHE ALSO COMES TO SEE THE ADULTS AT THE CARDIOMYOPATHY CENTER. GUESS WHAT? THE ADULTS LIKE HER EVEN MORE THAN THE KIDS. SHE IS THE — SUITE. YOU CAN HELP A LOVER, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE GIVES YOU A KISS. I LIKE PETS. I CAN HAVE THEM BECAUSE I’M ALWAYS IN AND OUT. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. JACK AND MARSHA, ALSO PATIENTS AT TUFTS, HAVE THEIR OWN HEALTH PROBLEMS. JACK HAS HEART DISEASE. MARSHA WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ALS. DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES, THEY SAY THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GET THE BIGGEST BOOST. SOMETIMES WE GET MORE BENEFIT THAN I THINK THE PATIENTS WE VISIT, BECAUSE WE SEE SOME WONDERFUL PEOPLE. A LOT OF THEM WORK HERE, BY THE WAY, AND IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IT’S SOMETHING YOU DON’T EXPECT NORMALLY HAPPENS.

2 thoughts on “Therapy Horse Helps Patients Heal At Tufts Medical Center

  1. These horses are awesome. They're cuties and they're sweehearts. They all have their own personalities. But certain ones are exceptional in their temperament. Lily is the cutest little horse. Horses are like big dogs. Most of them are attention hounds just like dogs!

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