Patrick Saunders, 87, was granted his dying wish to feed a horse for the last time three days before he died, writes Abe Hawken in 'Daily Mail'.
Patrick had spent most of his adolescence around horses, and his working life at a stable. During his time at the hospice, Patrick would regularly regale nurses with tales about horses, declaring his love of all things equine that he inherited from his father.
Staff at the North Devon Hospice contacted a local equine rescue centre. One phone call later and there was Victor, a beautiful brown stallion stood outside the front door of the hospice.
On the day, Patrick was not well enough to get out of bed to pet the horse, so staff at the hospice wheeled his bed outside. From his bed, Patrick fed Victor a handful of apples, carrots and polo mints.
'I'll never forget Patrick's smile when he was stroking that horse's face. You could see they had real connection and it is experiences like that which make hospice care so special,' said a nurse caring for him at the hospice.
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