Loyal pet dogs refuse to leave side of dying baby girl

Nora Hall suffered a major stroke that made recovery impossible 

Will Worley
Wednesday 04 May 2016 18:00
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The family dogs would not leave 5-month-old Nora as she lay in a coma
The family dogs would not leave 5-month-old Nora as she lay in a coma

A family’s two pet dogs refused to leave the side of a terminally ill baby girl as she lay dying.

Nora Hall was only five-months-old but her parents were forced to turn off her life support following a major stroke which left her in a coma.

The family basset hounds kept Nora company in her last hours and were with her when she died in a Minneapolis hospital.

“Yesterday at around 3.45pm, our sweet baby Nora sighed a little sigh and breathed the breath that was her last,” her mother, Mary Hall, wrote on Facebook.

“She died with her puppies at her feet and while being held close in the arms of her parents as they sang to her and caressed her and told her how very much they loved her. She went without pain or fear.”

The dogs had played an important role in easing the family’s pain and gained considerable social media attention. They were allowed into the hospital because of the serious nature of Nora’s illness and staff took a liking to the animals.

“They allowed us to have our bassets here in the last couple of days because they are so attached to her,” Mary wrote.

Social media users encouraged her to keep the dogs with Nora in her last hours.

“I was leaning towards sending them away so they didn’t get stressed, but after reading so many comments saying to keep them, then I will.”

“The nurses are head over heels with them anyhow."

The family has set up a crowd-funding page to help pay for medical costs, which are likely to amount to £35,000.

They said her death had left a “Nora-sized hole in our hearts”.

“She was very sick and very hurt,” her mother said.

“The stroke had already taken our bubbly girl from us. Now, she is at peace. She is free from tubes and tests and pokes and procedures, but she has taken a large chunk of our hearts with her.”

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