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Golden Retriever A Critical Part Of Rehab Process For Patients In Philly

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A 79-pound Golden Retriever has become a critical part of the rehabilitation process for some patients at Magee Rehabilitation at Jefferson Health System.

"Ford" and his human agent Cate Dorr work to help patients who are recovering from severe spinal cord injuries and other injuries.

Doctors say Ford helps patients perform physical movements they may have been too afraid to try in the past.

Dogs like Ford begin training when they are just four-weeks old. Organizer say seven out of every 10 facility dogs end up not making the cut.

Nearly 2,000 individuals who are recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and orthopedic injuries and other serious injuries are treated every year by Magee Rehabilitation, according to the group's website.

You can watch Fox 29 reporter Joyce Evans' story in the video above.

For more information on Magee or to support programs such as Ford and the Facility Dog Program, click here.


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