Our Critical Care Team have granted wishes for a patient who sadly died over the weekend after being told she only had days left to live.
38 year old Ann Black was left paralysed from the waist down after an accident several years ago. In a horrible turn of events, Ann was then diagnosed with a spine tumour which left her fully paralysed. The tumour then unfortunately spread to her neck and Ann was told she only had days left to live.
Following her prognosis, Ann came up with a bucket list of things she wanted to do before she died. Our staff had been helping her to achieve as many of those things as possible.
Our team at Royal Preston Hospital arranged for Ann to have one last Christmas day, and also organised for a masseuse to come in to give her a pamper session.
Ann was a big dog lover and had to rehome her own dogs when she had her accident, so our team arranged for Ann to spend time with a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog. She had two visits from Lola, the four year old Shiatzu, who has been working as a PAT dog for two years as well as Iskra, a chocolate Labradoodle. Ann said: “Lola and Iskra are beautiful and spending time with them really helps me to relax and cheers me up."
PAT dogs can bring comfort and happiness to people with a range of disabilities and emotional needs, including those in nursing homes, rehab facilities, hospices, special needs schools and more.
Rachel Moses, one of our Consultant Physiotherapists, had been arranging things for Ann to help her achieve as many things on her bucket list as possible. Rachel said: “We wanted to make Ann as happy as we possibly could, and myself and all the staff here on the Critical Care Unit have done everything within our power to help her achieve her bucket list. When Ann told me how much she loved dogs, I really wanted to arrange for her to spend some time with a PAT dog- it was such a pleasure to see how much joy it brought her and our staff love the dogs too!”