Hospital Horse

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:23am

Beloved horse pays special visit to owner at Minnesota hospital.

Hospital visiting hours are usually for friends and family, but one patient at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis is bucking the rules.

Amie Austin is on bed rest waiting for her first baby to arrive.

Austin has a condition that will force the baby to be born a little early.

"They prepared us to deliver from 26 weeks on," Amie said. "We're in week 34 now, which we're thrilled about."

Since Amie can't leave the hospital her husband Bryce brought her the one thing he knew would cheer her up: her horse, Cody.

Amie bought Cody ten years ago.

"When I know he's coming, I have the jitters, I can't wait," she said.

Bryce Austin loads the horse at his Lakeville barn and drives him to Abbott Northwestern Hospital to visit Amie.

"They've always had a special bond," Bryce said. "Being able to bring that to her while she's in the hospital is rewarding."

"It sounds silly, but the smell is awesome. It carries me through for the whole week. It's just incredible," Amie said.

Amie says the joy she's felt from Cody's previous visits has triggered positive vibes to her baby.

"The baby kicks a lot more too," Amie said.

The Austin family has named their baby boy Liam.

He is expected to be born about a month early.

Bryce will continue bringing the horse to the hospital until the birth.
 

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