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Posted: November 08, 2014

Cancer patient says farewell to favorite horse as dying wish

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WIGAN, United Kingdom —

A deceased cancer patient in England can happily rest in peace. 

According to the BBC, Sheila Marsh was granted her dying wish and able to spend time with one of her favorite horses before she died.

The 77-year-old was at the Royal Albert Infirmary when she made the request. The hospital obliged and arranged for Bronwen, Marsh's favorite horse, and another stud of her six to come to the hospital to see her off. 

Despite being in frail condition, Marsh called the horse closer when she saw him. At that point, Bronwen approached Marsh and gently nuzzled her on the cheek during the final farewell.

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Marsh had looked after Bronwen for 25 years. 

Said Marsh's daughter, Tina: "It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone."

The hospital's deputy director of nursing, Pauline Law, agreed. "This was obviously extremely important to [Mrs. Marsh] and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care," she said to BBC.

Marsh saw the horse Monday afternoon, then died early Tuesday, according to the report.