A Dying Woman Was Granted Her Wish To Say A Final Goodbye To Her Favourite Horse
Staff at Wigan Royal Infirmary helped arrange their emotional last meeting.
Sheila Marsh had one last dying wish: to say goodbye to her favourite horse.
The 77-year-old was suffering from cancer and her condition was deteriorating, so staff at Wigan Royal Infirmary stepped in to help arrange the final meeting.
Bronwen, a show horse, was transported to the hospital and Marsh was taken outside by staff to meet the animal.
She died just hours after the meeting.
Her daughter Tina was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: "I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment."
She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.
Her condition did not get any better and the hospital allowed us to bring Bronwen in. It was a matter of hours later that she passed away. I want to thank the hospital and all the nurses.
It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.
Marsh, who used to work at Haydock Park racecourse, had raised Bronwen from a foal, the Manchester Evening News said.
The newspaper said Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing at Wrightington, Wigan, and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, added: "I am really pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit from Mrs Marsh's horse. This was obviously extremely important to her and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care.
"It is absolutely right that we should pull out all the stops to ensure that our patients and their families receive personalised, compassionate, and dignified care at the end of their life, and this is what we will always strive to achieve."