80 year-old Frank Keat spent 65 years of his life working with horses. The elderly man’s only wish in the final days of his battle with cancer was to see his favorite horse one last time to say goodbye.
Keat’s health prevented him from being transported to the stable, but the staff at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall, England, ensured he would get a visit from his prized companion, Early Morn, before it was too late.
On Oct. 23, Keat was wheeled out to the hospital patio where Early Morn was waiting, a surprise set up by the nurses.
“I can honestly say that this is the most memorable day of my career,” nurse Samantha Russell said. “The emotion was overwhelming and there wasn’t a dry eye on the ward.”
According to the Mirror:
His son Tim, 51, said it meant a great deal to him.
He said: “Dad had been involved with horses since he was aged 15, and there’s nothing he didn’t know about them.
“He was in the hospital in Bodmin five years ago, and as soon as he came out, I had to drive him up to Wales because he wanted to buy two horses up there.
“I was contacted by the nurses who said he felt a little bit down and can we get the horse in.
“It was a really nice last gift and I was so delighted it happened.
“The nurses organised it all. They just said ‘Frank, we are moving you outside’ and then the horse was there. It was lovely.
Keat died three days later. His horse is expected to attend his funeral at the church in Cardinham on November 7.
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