Kind nurse breaks rules to smuggle in dying man’s beloved dog for final goodbye
A good bedside manner is a fine art indeed, and this nurse is a master of it.
Michael Dabu

A dog’s loyalty is unquestionable, they are not just “man’s best friend”, but also one of the most loyal creatures in the entire world. The love and care that a dog has for its owner is something uncontested and undebatable.

This story is all about the beautiful story of a man and his loving pooch. It’s a precious relationship that goes beyond friendship that will surely tug at your heartstrings.

An elderly man was losing his battle against cancer, he’s running out of time, and sadly, the time to bid goodbye to his dog was no longer guaranteed.

Thankfully, a kind-hearted nurse who was treating the old man offered to try and help them have their final hug.

When the man has finally been reunited with his dog, everyone was having that bitter-sweet feeling. It’s something really beautiful and special, however, the fear was there. Sadly, his time finally came, he passed away not long after their reunion.


Get your tissues ready.

Ellie Miguel’s grandfather, David King, was being treated for cancer in a hospital in Missouri, but his condition was quickly deteriorating. He had been bravely battling cancer for a long time, but doctors knew that he didn’t have long left to live. Before he passed away, David’s wife, Cindy, knew that her husband would have one final wish: to see their little Yorkie mix one last time. However, there was one problem: the hospital had a strict no dogs policy.

Cindy was determined to make their final reunion possible. Thankfully, with the help of a kind nurse, they set a plan to sneak in David’s pup named Lil Fee.

David and Lil Fee were finally reunited and they couldn’t be happier in each other’s arms. They cuddled and snuggled like they both knew it’s going to be their last.

His granddaughter Ellie, 17, shared a couple of touching pictures showing the moment on Twitter, with the caption:

“My grandpa is losing his battle with cancer so the nurses helped my grandma sneak their dog into the hospital to say goodbye.”

Her tweet quickly went viral with over 1k likes, as people shared their sympathy and praised the nurse for helping make David’s wish come true.

Ellie told Yahoo Lifestyle, “My grandpa loved his dog Lil Fee; she would follow him around everywhere. He would bring her everywhere he could. My grandpa had been battling cancer for the past couple years, but last week it took over his whole body.”

“He spent about a week in the hospital, and my grandma brought pictures of the dog to hang up.”

But pictures are nothing like the real thing, and although Ellie’s grandmother talked often about Lil Fee, she wished that there was some way that David could see him again. That’s when the nurse stepped in with an idea.

“The nurses always heard my grandma talking about Lil Fee. So they encouraged her and helped her get the dog in. They had my aunt carry the dog in a really big purse,” she said.


It simply shows the immeasurable amount of love David has for Lil Fee. In fact, Ellie shared that her grandfather did something miraculous as soon as his dog was brought over to him.

“For the first time that day, he moved his arm in attempts to pet his Lil Fee. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”

David must have felt such peace from being able to see his beloved pet again for one last time, and a few days later he passed away. We hope that the nurse’s empathy is recognized, and maybe this story will encourage hospitals to change their ‘no pets’ rule.

People deserve to be with their precious ones for them to have a peaceful passing, regardless if they are people or animals. We’re sure that David made his last breath with a smile because Lil Fee was there beside him.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.