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Bella fights back from terrible burn injuries

Bella on the first morning after the fire. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

Bella on the first morning after the fire. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

A horse in Texas is making miraculous progress in recovering from serious burns suffered in a stable fire.

Bella, who has a foal, Butterscotch, at foot, suffered terrible burns early on April 6 when a heating lamp in a nearby barn stall shorted and started an electrical fire.

It roared swiftly through the small building and caused life-threatening burns over the majority of Bella’s body.

Her devastated owners realized that they would be unable to care for her extreme injuries and tearfully reached out to the Humane Society of North Texas in hopes that the charity could save her life.

The charity said it was clear that Bella’s prognosis was bleak.

Aside from severe burns to much of her body, the billowing smoke had damaged her lungs.

The charity rushed Bell and Butterscotch, who has several small burns, to the care of an equine specialist.

Butterscotch & Bella just five days after their arrival into the charity's care. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

Butterscotch & Bella just five days after their arrival into the charity’s care. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

Just two weeks later, Bella has made amazing progress.

The charity puts that progress down to the meticulous, around-the-clock medical care provided by its dedicated staff and volunteers.

“However, Bella’s fight isn’t over,” charity spokesperson Whitney Hanson said.

“The healing process for her burns will take several months of intensive, and expensive, care.

“Though she is almost done with her regimen of oral medication, she still needs daily topical skin treatments that fight off infection and soothe her scorched skin and in order to sustain her baby, she also needs milk supplements.”

Butterscotch will also require ongoing daily wound care.

The charity estimates the cost of their care will top $US4000 and it is reaching out to the public in the hopes they will support their ongoing rehabilitation.

Bella and Butterscotch before the blaze. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

Bella and Butterscotch just days before the blaze. Photo: Humane Society of North Texas

It said while the pair will always bear scars from their ordeal, they have in front of them the prospect of happy, comfortable lives.

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