Hospital grants dying woman's last wish - to bid farewell to beloved horse

A hospital in Britain has made headlines after it made possible the last wish of a patient dying of cancer - to say one last farewell to her beloved horse.

The touching moment took place in Wigan earlier this week after staff at the town's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary arranged a visit from two horses owned by 77-year-old Sheila Marsh.

Ms Marsh, a grandmother of four, was a former employee of Haydock Racecourse and the owner of six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals, the BBC reported.

She told staff at the hospital she wanted to say one last goodbye to her favourite horse Bronwen, whom she had owned for 25 years.

Bronwen and another horse of Ms. Marsh's were brought to the hospital car park, where they met Ms. Marsh in her bed.

A picture posted to Twitter by the chief executive of the hospital trust, which facilitated the scene, showed the touching moment lady and horse said goodbye.

"The horse, Bronwen, walked steadily towards Sheila," Infirmary nurse Gail Taylor told 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."

“I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too," Ms Marsh's daughter Tina told the Manchester Evening News.

"She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment.”

Ms. Marsh passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

By Conor Hallahan

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