One family went through what every parent fears the most. Their 5-month-old daughter Nora Hall suffered a stroke on April 6 and left this world two weeks after that.
Throughout the time she spent in the hospital, the devastated parents received unconditional support from their family and friends, but what they were mostly grateful for were their two basset hounds who never left their loving daughter’s side.
“It was really nice,” mom Mary Hall of Deluth, Minnesota, told ABC News. “It brought us a lot of comfort to have them [there]. But by the end of the first day, you could see they were stressed out and depressed. Normally, they’re very happy-go-lucky. We knew they could sense there was something wrong.”
8-year-old Grumpy and Gracie fell in love with their human sibling Nora the moment she was born. The connection was instant, and they became her guardians who made sure she was safe and sound at all times.
“Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” she said. “Whenever Nora would cry, Gracie would run to see what was wrong. She was always, always by Nora and kissing her and making sure she was OK.”
After the girl ended up in the hospital and the chances for her survival were non-existent, the doctors asked the parents if they had any final wish for the little one.
“I asked, ‘If you could let us have our dogs [at the hospital], we’d really appreciate that,'” Hall recalled. “I didn’t want to go home and have them sniffing around for her and not knowing where she went. They lowered the bed so the dogs could lay with her and Gracie ran up and licked her [Nora].”
Knowing just how much the dogs adored the little girl, and how happy she was around the loving animals, Nora’s parents were beyond grateful that the hospital staff honored their final wish and let the dogs be by their baby’s side.
“She was just a really happy baby,” Hall said. “Before we went into the hospital, she’d just start laughing. She was happy all the time.”