Okay so picture this; you’re on your deathbed in a hospital (I know it isn’t the nicest thing to picture but bear with me) and you are told by the nursing staff that you can have one final wish… well, what do you wish for?
This was actually the dilemma 70-year-old Peter Robson of Elswick, Newcastle in the United Kingdom found himself facing. However, for him, it wasn’t a dilemma at all – because he knew actually what he wanted to wish for. He wanted to see his beloved dog Shep, for one final time.
Peter was sadly dying of lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Because of his condition, the staff at the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Scotland, asked his family if Peter had a last wish in order to, if anything, make him more comfortable.
And heartbreakingly, Peter’s last wish was for him to see his four-legged, furry best friend for one last time. As you can imagine, it’s pretty much impossible to get the approval for bringing in pets of any kind into a hospital due to health and safety issues… which meant that Peter’s wish looked pretty much impossible to grant.
However, Peter’s incredible nurses went above and beyond in order to make Peter’s final wish come true. Just a mere 20 minute’s after Peter’s family told them what Peter’s final wish was, they received the go-ahead they assumed would never come: they can bring Shep to the hospital, as soon as possible.
Watch the video below to see the truly heartbreaking yet beautiful reunion of Shep and Peter:
Posted by Ashley Stevens on Thursday, 29 March 2018
Peter was SO happy to see Shep again, and as you can see, Shep 100% feels the same way. Sadly enough, just two hours after the pair were reunited, Peter passed away.
Ashley Stevens, who is Peter’s granddaughter, reported that Shep had been Peter’s dog for 8 whole years at this point, and that Peter actually bought Shep after his wife had died.
During an interview with BBC Scotland, Ashley said, “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”.
This grandpa loved his pet so, so much. In fact, according to one of Peter’s sisters, Elizabeth Hankin, one of the last times she spoke to Peter he actually said: “I’m going to get out, I’m going to take Shep to the park.”
And of course, the incredible of the nurses in charge of granting the wish did not go unnoticed. Ashley soon posted on Facebook about her family’s gratefulness for all the nurses at Ninewells; especially Cheryl Whyte, who was the charge nurse of Ward 3, which Peter was in.
In her post, Ashley wrote; “Still in shock that the wish was granted and they went above and beyond today and made a dying man very happy. ”
As it turns, the nurses who were behind granting Peter’s final wish were all naturally compassionate anyway. As per the BBC, the team had already been awarded the ‘the first ever Gold Outstanding Team winners in the STAR Awards last year’.
Lesley McLay, who is the chief executive for the NHS Tayside said: “The ward 3 team has done a wonderful thing for this family. It is often the little things that mean the most to patients and their families and I’m so pleased that the staff was able to grant this wish.”
Obviously, most people find it incredibly hard to wear a smile when they’re going through something difficult. However, these nurses in Ward 3 worked incredibly hard to make sure that Peter would feel genuine happiness during the final hours of his life.