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UK hospital grants dying grandma's wish to say farewell to favourite horse

Staff working at a hospital in Wigan, England went beyond the call of duty to give a dying woman her last wish.

Mrs Sheila Marsh, 77, was dying from cancer and unable to speak properly.

But she wanted to say goodbye to her horses before she breathed her last.

On Monday (Nov 3) afternoon, staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary wheeled her to the hospital carpark where her favourite horse, Bronwen,was waiting along with another horse.

Mrs Marsh then "gently called" her favourite horse, which walked steadily towards her and nuzzled her cheek, reported the BBC.

"Sheila gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes." - Nurse Gail Taylor told the BBC. 

 

 

 

Mrs Marsh used to work at Haydock Park Racecourse and helped to look after Bronwen for 25 years.

She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.

After one of her dogs visited her the previous weekend, Mrs Marsh requested to see Bronwen.

Her daughter Tina said the visit was very important for her mother.

The hospital's deputy director of nursing Pauline Law said: "This was obviously extremely important to her (Mrs Marsh) and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care." 

After seeing her favourite horse, Mrs Marsh died the next day (Nov 4).

Source: BBC, Twitter. 

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