Horse Brought to Hospital to Say Goodbye to its Dying Owner

The 77-year-old Sheila Marsh, who was suffering from terminal cancer, has died after a final farewell to her favourite horse outside the hospital where she was treated.

Sheila Marsh, a 77-year-old grandmother-of-four, was granted her final wish of seeing her favourite horse Bronwen just before her death. Photo: Andrew Foster/Twitter

Sheila Marsh, a 77-year-old grandmother-of-four, was granted her final wish of seeing her favourite horse Bronwen just before her death. Photo: Andrew Foster/Twitter

A dying patient, suffering from cancer, was granted her last wish when her daughter brought her beloved horse to her hospital bed so she could say goodbye.

Sheila Marsh, 77, from Wigan, Lancashire in England, for all her live was a big fans of horses. And even had a horse of her own that she had looked after for 25 years.

Before she died, Mrs. Marsh asked to see her beloved horse Bronwen, one last time.  The beloved pet was brought to the Wigan Royal Infirmary’s parking lot, and Marsh was wheeled out to the horse in her hospital bed for the pair’s final moment together.

The 77-year-old grandmother-of-four, passed away from cancer just hours after she was visited by Bronwen the horse.

Gail Taylor, bereavement liaison specialist nurse at the hospital, said: “We listened and acted on Mrs Marsh’s last wishes. Sheila gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes.”

Mrs. Marsh was the owner of six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals, and  after a farewell visit from one of her dogs last weekend, she told hospital staff of her wish to see her favourite horse Bronwen.

Her daughter Tina, 33, organised the meeting with staff at Wigan royal infirmary after her mother’s health deteriorated.

“She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals,” Tina told the Manchester Evening News.

“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. 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.”

Mrs. Marsh had worked at Haydock Park racecourse before she retired. She raised Bronwen from a foal until adulthood and was said to have had a special relationship with the horse.

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’s absolutely right 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.”

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