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Snow Helps Grant Dying Woman’s Wish


Courtesy Testa Family Hospice House via Facebook

Staff at a North Carolina hospice said weekend snow helped them grant a dying woman’s wish.

Ionia Moore, 87, is a patient at the Testa Family Hospice House in Cleveland County. Moore is the mother of five children, one of whom is a certified nursing assistant at the facility, a local TV station reports.

Her daughter, Cathy Stephens, said her mother had been hoping to see a snowman. Her wish came true after snow fell across the Carolinas.

According to the hospice’s Facebook page, staff took Moore onto the patio outside of her room Sunday and built a snowman for her – complete with candy cane arms.

They took photos of Moore with the snowman and moved it onto a table outside of Moore’s window so that she could see it while lying in bed.

“Mrs. Moore can see the Snowman while in bed and is a VERY happy lady! Thank you to these amazing staff members who went above and beyond the call of duty to make a patient’s day,” the Facebook post reads.

Hospice aims to provide comfort care and pain management rather than aggressive treatments – usually for terminally ill patients with six months or less to live. Hospice is most often used when curative treatments are no longer effective.