Mini Therapy Horse ‘Magic’ Makes Patient’s Dying Wish Come True

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In her 70s and suffering from a terminal illness Terry Lee doesn’t have long to live. As a former horseback rider, her dying wish: to see a horse one last time.

Terry has no family, and with limited time her doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Mann, Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System, felt moved to fill this request for her patient.

Mann told us, “She had no idea it (a miniature therapy horse) would be in her hospital room, but being able to be with a horse again was something that was really important to her, and so I wanted to make that happen for her.”

To make Lee’s wish come true, Dr. Mann reached out to Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, and like magic, her request was granted with a horse named “Magic.”

“There’s a lot of things we can’t do in medicine, we can’t fix every single problem, but we can provide some happiness to our patients,” said Mann.

Magic and her team of therapy horses work with more than 45,000 children and adults in hospitals and hospice programs, and with families who have experienced traumatic events. Eight-year-old Magic visited students after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and stopped in Moore, Oklahoma, after the deadly tornadoes.

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