Woman Gets Dying Wish: Last Visit From Horse

Hospital arranges for animal to come to parking lot for last reunion
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2014 1:00 PM CST
Woman Gets Dying Wish: Last Visit From Horse
File photo of a horse near Vicksburg, Miss., Friday, May 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A 77-year-old woman in the UK died of cancer last week, but not before a memorable last wish was granted. Sheila Marsh wanted to see Bronwen, a horse she had cared for over the last 25 years, and staff at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan made it happen, reports the BBC. They arranged for Bronwen and another horse to come to the hospital parking lot Monday, then wheeled down Marsh in her bed. Says one nurse present: "Sheila gently called to Bronwen, and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes." An image of the reunion is tweeted here.

Adds Marsh's daughter, as quoted at the Huffington Post UK: "She had a big smile on her face and she was able to say Bronwen's name, after she had found it difficult to speak" due to her illness. "She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals," her daughter says, according to the Telegraph. Marsh, who had six horses, three dogs, three cats, and other animals, also got a visit from one of her dogs, who curled up on a blanket next to her on her bed in the hospital ward, before she died. "The dog and the horse were really pining for her so it’s closure for them as well—when they both came home they were a bit perkier," Marsh's daughter tells Wigan Today. (Click for more uplifting news.)

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