Nurses Help Family Sneak Beloved Dog In For Final Goodbye To Dying Man

A man, dying of cancer, was given the gift of a final good-bye thanks to his family and compassionate nurses. This month, it became clear that David King was nearing the end of his life – bedridden and weak, it was not possible for the ailing man to return home to say good-bye to his Yorkshire terrier, Lil Fee.

King’s granddaughter, 17-year-old Ellie Miguel, told Yahoo Lifestyle about the bond Lil Fee had with her grandpa, “My grandpa loved his dog Lil Fee; she would follow him around everywhere. He would bring her everywhere he could.” Photos of the beloved dog were brought to King’s hospital room, but that wasn’t enough for the hard good-bye that had to be said.

When some nurses heard about King’s dog, they encouraged his family to sneak Lil Fee in. So sneak they did. The terrier was tucked into an over-sized purse and smuggled in to King’s room for a few final, precious moments.

On November 7, Miguel posted poignant photos of the touching moment to Twitter and said, “My grandpa is losing his battle with cancer so the nurses helped my grandma sneak their dog into the hospital to say goodbye.”

King’s lengthy battle with cancer ended on Wednesday…just one day after Lil Fee’s visit.

(Images via Twitter/@elliemigueel)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

4 comments

  1. TERRY FURLONG says:

    BLESS THE FAMILY AND NURSES FOR THEIR GREAT EFFORT…AND WONDERFUL COMPASSION.
    RIP DAVID.. LIL FEE WILL BE WAITING AT THE BRIDGE.

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    What a sad/sweet testament to the strength of bonds between men and their animal friends!
    Thank you for posting.

  3. Dawn Galloway says:

    That was really heart warming that the nurses would do that. Wedding the same the year before our mother died. She was in the hospital for Christmas. That made her feel so happy. Gizmo was a little Pekingese.

  4. Lisa Blanck says:

    Compassion like this should not be such a rare occurrence. More facilities need to realize that if they allow visits as therapy animals, they can and must allow visits as beloved family members.

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