Equine Visitor Not Quite What Doctor Ordered

Hospital security corrals horse as it gets off elevator
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2008 3:22 PM CDT
A horse brought to visit a patient at a Hawaii hospital didn't make it to the patient's room--security stepped in as it exited the elevator on the third floor.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – A Hawaii hospital ejected the relative of a man recovering from surgery after he tried to bring the patient’s favorite pet—a full-grown horse—to visit, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports. Security staff stopped the visitors before they could get to the patient's room; the man was intoxicated, and the horse turned out not to belong to the patient at all.

Staff members had no chance to observe the horse's bedside manner: The relative loaded the animal into a trailer and left without incident. “It's a very dangerous thing,” said a spokeswoman of the equine's trot through the hospital, which does allow visits by approved pets. “Our greatest concern is patient care.”