Patrick Saunders, 87, of Braunton, Devon, had been a lifelong lover of horses, and it was his last wish to feed a horse treats – carrots, apples and perhaps a handful of polo mints.
According to Cornwall Live, Saunders had spent most of this life around horses – beginning his working career at a stable after his father, Victor had introduced him to the stately animals. From that day, Saunders always had a strong connection to the animals. At the hospice facility where Saunders spent his final days, he was too weak to get out of bed, but had constantly told the nurses stories of his relationship with the horses and how much he loved them. And so the staff at North Devon Hospice set out to arrange for a horse named Victor, a stately stallion, to visit Saunders so he could pet him and feed him treats one last time.
Although he had not been feeling well at all, the day that Victor showed up, both the staff and Saunders’ daughter couldn’t help but notice the joy in the elderly man’s face.
“When they told me that a horse was coming to visit Dad, I thought that maybe he would be able to see the animal from his balcony. I had no idea he would be able to get so close,” stated Jayne. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”
It had been one of the nurses caring for Patrick who arranged Victor’s visit.
“His passion for horses was so clear and they’d obviously played a big part in his life. One phone call later and then there was a beautiful brown stallion standing outside the front door of the hospice. I’ll never forget Patrick’s smile when he was stroking the horse’s face. You could see they had a real connection and it is experiences like that which make hospice care so special,” said Cathy Whattingham who made the arrangements.
Sadly, Patrick died three days later, but not without that special experience – thanks to the nurses and the stable who arranged for Victor’s visit. Rest in peace Patrick Saunders. You will be missed.
(Photos of dying man’s last wish screenshots via Cornwall Live and YouTube)
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