Horse visits hospital to bid dying owner farewell
In a scene ripped right out of a tearjerker, a 77-year-old cancer patient was visited in the hospital by her horse before passing away just hours later. Staff at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, England granted patient Sheila Marsh’s dying wish by wheeling her hospital bed up to the entrance where she could share a tender moment with Bronwen, her horse of 25 years.
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Marsh raised Bronwen from a foal into an adult and was obviously very close to the horse.
“Bronwen walked steadily towards Sheila and she gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes.” said bereavement specialist nurse Gail Taylor.
Excuse us while we all collectively remove whatever this is stuck in our eye.
“She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals,” Marsh’s daughter Tina told local media.
Although it’s probably not orthodox for livestock to come into or near a hospital, Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing, said, via Guardian, ““This was obviously extremely important to her and her family. We feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care.”
It’s inspiring to see health care workers go above and beyond like that to make someone happy in their final moments.