When we see someone that we love begin the process of passing on, we want to do everything in our power to ease their suffering. Whether that’s making the journey pain-free, or playing their favorite music for them, we just want to see them happy before they leave this world. This group of nurses received a strange request from a dying patient, a request that was forbidden in the hospital they worked in, and did everything they could to make it happen.
70-year-old Peter Robson, from Scotland, was in the hospital with a fatal case of fibrosis of the lungs.
He knew that he was dying and had one simple request: he wanted to see his best friend one last time. You may be thinking that it’s no big deal to let someone see their best friend, but Peter’s best friend is a bit different than most.
Peter’s best friend is named Shep, and Shep is a border collie.
Peter adopted Shep eight years ago and they were inseparable from the start, but after Peter’s wife passed away, their bond only grew stronger. All Peter wanted to do was see his friend one last time before he died.
Unfortunately, Peter was in Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and they had a very strict infection prevention policy.
This means that animals aren’t allowed in the hospital. NHS Tayside charge nurse Cheryl White and her staff knew that they needed to do something to help him.
They planned with their co-workers in infection control and they made arrangements for Shep to visit Peter.
Only a few hours before Peter passed away, Shep was able to visit his best friend. “He really thought he would never see Shep again. It was an amazing moment to see the two of them together, and Shep was so excited to see him,” said Ashley Stevens, Robson’s granddaughter.
As soon as Peter saw Shep, you could see the happiness in his face.
We’re sure many of you can agree that sometimes all you need is your animal to make you feel better. And even though he was passing away, all Peter needed was his Shep.