70-year-old Peter Robson was suffering from terminal cystic fibrosis. When told he had just hours to live, the hospital asked his family if they would like to bring anything from home for Robson to see one last time. They asked to bring his Border Collie, Shep, expecting to be told “no” due to infection control reasons – but the hospital agreed to let Robson see his beloved dog one last time.
The family was shocked that Ninewells Hospital in Dundee in the UK would allow the dog, but there were happy tears all around when Robson got to kiss Shep goodbye.
Robson got Shep as a puppy 8 years ago to keep him company after his wife died. Robson’s granddaughter, Ashley Stevens, shared the touching moments on Facebook, writing:
“Absolutely amazed and touched today from NHS Ninewells Hospital, our granddad’s last and final wish was to see his dog one more time. Still in shock that the wish was granted and they went above and beyond today and made a dying man very happy. Cheryl Whyte charge nurse of Ward 3 you are an absolute angel and we are all eternally grateful, you don’t know what this meant to our grandad.”
“I’ll let these moments do the talking, thank you NHS♥️♥️♥️
Please share this everyone needs to know what amazing nurses and staff they have in that hospital.”
NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay told the BBC:
“Our thoughts are with Mr Robson’s family as they deal with their loss at this difficult time. The ward 3 team has done a wonderful thing for this family. It is often the little things that mean the most to patients and their families and I’m so pleased that the staff were able to grant this wish.”