5-month-old Nora Hall had a massive stroke that left her with severe brain damage.
It was later discovered that she had pulmonary hypertension from birth. She didn’t have much time left. For the next three weeks, she was put into a medically induced coma.
Nora had won the hearts of her two Basset Hounds, Gracie and Grumpy, in just five months.
“Gracie, in particular,” Mary Hall told ABC News, “took on the role of second mother.” “Gracie would run to see what was wrong whenever Nora cried.” She was always there for Nora, kissing her and checking on her.”
The Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis asked the family if they had any final wishes as they prepared to say goodbye to Nora. “Yes,” said Nora’s parents emphatically. They wanted to know if their two dogs could bid their baby girl farewell.
“I said, ‘We’d really appreciate it if you could let us have our dogs [at the hospital,'” Hall said. “I didn’t want to go home and have them searching for her, not knowing where she had gone.” They lowered the bed to allow the dogs to lie with her, and Gracie ran up and licked her.”
“It was wonderful,” Mary said. “It gave us a lot of peace of mind.”
Every day, Gracie and Grumpy provide comfort to their family. Sweet Nora, may you rest in peace.
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