Two dogs have brought a measure of comfort to a little girl and her family during tough times.
While 5-month-old Nora Hall lay in her bed in a medically induced coma at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her two Basset Hounds have remained by her side, Nora’s mother, Mary, wrote on Facebook.
Little Nora had suffered a stroke on April 6 and her family has stayed with her in the hospital for nearly a month. The family has spent so much time at the hospital that staff allowed the Halls to bring in the dogs, who Mary said are so attached to her daughter. She described the dogs as “very stressed and sad” in the hospital.
Mary had questioned whether the dogs should be present, according to The Telegraph. She turned to members of Facebook group the Wonderful World of Basset Hounds for advice.
“I was leaning towards sending them away [from her room] 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),” Mary said, according to the news outlet.
The dogs surely are helping the Halls through the stressful stay at the hospital. In Mary’s last Facebook post, on April 30, she said the family had decided to remove Nora’s feeding tube on May 2.
“On Monday, we will be taking out her breathing tube and letting our sweet baby Nora go peacefully, and on her own terms,” she wrote. “The pain and palliative care team will be here with us to make sure that she is safe, comfortable, and not scared. I still don’t know how we are going to be able to do this, as we will never be ready to let her go, but we know in our heart of hearts that it is the right decision to make for her.”
Our thoughts are with this strong little girl and her loving family. We hope the Halls’ Bassett Hounds will give them extra cuddles tonight.