Connecticut – When an elderly woman in “rapidly declining” health repeatedly talked about her beloved horse, Bella, around her care providers, they put plans in place to ensure that her dying wish to see the horse would be granted. According to sources, 79-year-old Karina Courtmanche had raised the 30-year-old horse since she was a foal.
Courtmanche wanted to see Bella one last time before dying, so her team of nurses set out to make it happen. Michelle Walker, RN Case Manager for Connecticut Hospice, tells WFSB News:
“I’m very excited that I’m able to give her this last wish. It’s important to her, so it’s important to us,”
With the help of a medical transport, Courtmanche made the trek from Mary Wade Home to Bittersweet Farm in Bethany.
At the farm, from a stretcher wheeled to Bella’s stall, Courtmanche was finally exactly where she longed to be, within touching distance of her beloved horse.
With her frail body resting on the stretcher, the dying elderly woman’s wish became a bittersweet reality as her trembling hand reached out to stroke the velvety nose of her loyal companion.
In that tender moment, surrounded by the team who made her dream a reality, she whispered her final goodbyes, cherishing the soft nuzzle against her palm and the shared carrot between them.
Bella will remain in the care of the Bittersweet Farm after Karina passes away.
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