Mini-horse Lily cheers Tufts patients on Christmas Day

By Tufts Medical Center

 

Lily, a 5-year-old miniature appaloosa horse, spread holiday cheer on Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2013, to pediatric patients at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Lily, a miniature appaloosa horse, visited a patient at Tufts Medical Center on Dec. 25, 2013. She was accompanied by her handler Marsha Craig. (Image courtesy of Jeremy Lechan.)

Lily, a miniature appaloosa horse, visited a patient at Tufts Medical Center on Dec. 25, 2013. She was accompanied by her handler Marsha Craig. (Image courtesy of Jeremy Lechan.)

Lily wore her special Christmas outfit, dressed up as a reindeer. In addition, Lily’s handlers, Marsha and Jack Craig, brought 23 crocheted mini-horses that Marsha hand-made for Floating Hospital’s pediatric patients.

Lily greets a young boy at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Jeremy Lechan.)

Lily greets a young boy at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Jeremy Lechan.)

For nearly two years, Lily has been a staple of Tufts Medical Center’s Pet Therapy program — she comes to the hospital once a month to visit patients in the pediatric, cardiomyopathy and adult psychiatry units.

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