By Herrine Ro
After spending 65 years working with horses, terminal cancer patient Frank Keat’s last request was to be able to say a final goodbye to his favorite horse, Early Morn.
Because Keat’s weak health prevented him from leaving the hospital, he was unable to visit his beloved stables one last time. But the gracious staff at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall, England, were determined to carry out Keat’s dying wish. The staffers vowed that he would be reunited with Early Morn before it was too late.
And they kept their promise: On October 23, nurses wheeled Keat out onto the hospital’s patio, where his horse companion was waiting for him. Their silent yet emotional encounter made Keat overwhelming happy. For his family members, the surprise visit was bittersweet.
“It was a really nice last gift and I was so delighted it happened,” his son, Tim, told SWNS.
Frank Keat passed away three days after he bid farewell to his prized horse.
Keat’s passion for horses started at the age of 15, when he began working in stables. Later on, he bred horses and spent the latter part of his career serving as a judge for equestrian competitions across England.
After Keat was admitted, he enjoyed retelling stories from his equine career to the staff at Bodmin Hospital. In more humbling moments, Keat spent his time reminiscing about his friendship with Early Morn.
Fulfilling Keat’s request has been a rewarding experience for nurses like Samantha Russell. “I can honestly say that this is the most memorable day of my career. The emotion was overwhelming and there wasn’t a dry eye on the ward,” Russell told USA Today.
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