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UPLIFTING NEWS: Dying Woman Visits With Beloved Horse Before Death


A terminally-ill English woman was granted her dying wish: the opportunity to see her beloved animal companion one last time.

For 17 years, she care for her beloved horse named Jake. Fast approaching death, her friends, family and hospice staff worked to ensure she would spend her final moments with him, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

The woman, whose family asked she remain anonymous, suffered from a motor neurone disease. She was receiving comfort care at the Dove House Hospice in Hull, East Yorkshire, when staff arranged the reunion. She died shortly after his visit.

Her bed was taken to the parking lot so the pair could be reunited

“Mum had not seen Jake for a few months as her health deteriorated and we always wanted mum to see him one more time as she was absolutely devoted to him,” said her daughter Caroline.

“The staff at Dove House were so positive and said that it was possible. I can’t believe we managed to do it, to take the horse to the hospice was amazing and everything was organised so quickly.”

Hospice is care designed to provide comfort, not cure, to terminally ill patients in their last months – or years – of life.