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Dog owner makes one last heartbreaking request following tragic diagnosis

A war veteran with days to live following a terminal diagnosis had just one last wish: to see his beloved dog again. And so one amazing nurse made it happen!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 21/02/2021, 21:00

John Vincent, a 69-year-old Vietnam war veteran from  Albuquerque, New Mexico, fell ill in late 2019. He was then moved to hospital after his condition deteriorated.

The doctors tried their best, but John's condition was too far advanced. They gave him just days left to live. 

One last wish comes true

After hearing the tragic news, John's palliative carer, Nurse Amy Neal, asked if there was anything 'meaningful' she could do for her patient. 

And John had just one last request: to see his beloved dog again. Patch, a five-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix, was forced to go to a nearby animal shelter after John was hospitalised.

Adam Ricci, manager of the shelter, picked up the call from Nurse Neal. Speaking to a local newspaper, he said: 

"It was an immediate 'absolutely, let's do whatever we can to get it done.' We left Patch there with Mr Vincent for the whole day so that they could spend one last day together."

 And what was the first thing Patch did when she saw her dog dad? That's right! She covered him with kisses. 

Patch is in good hands now

"Yeah, that's me, that's daddy," said John, as Patch showered him with licks. "I’m so happy to see you."

Nurses took pictures of the pair's last playtime and shared them on social media.

Unfortunately, John passed away shortly after this heartwarming reunion. But there is some happy news. The story went viral, and the shelter received plenty of offers from people willing to take care of little Patch.