The unbreakable bond between this dying woman and her beloved stallion was forged over the course of 25 years. They reunited in the nick of time, just hours before she passed away—indeed, it was her last wish.
Sheila Marsh had been working at Haydock Park Racecourse since the age of 21. Horses played an indispensable role in her life, particularly Bronwen, whom she nurtured, petted, cuddled, and rode on since she was a foal. They were together for almost two decades.
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Unfortunately, 77-year-old Marsh was diagnosed with terminal cancer during her twilight years. Lying on her deathbed, she had one final wish to fulfill: to reunite with her beloved horse, Bronwen, one last time.
As Sheila’s health deteriorated, her daughter, Tina Marsh, spoke to staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, England, about her mom’s last wish, and they gladly helped make that wish come true.
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The hospital staff wheeled Sheila’s bed out into the car park where her favorite horses from bygone times were there waiting to reunite with their once-devoted caretaker. Bronwen was there too of course.
Finally, Sheila got the chance to share one precious final moment with Bronwen. Upon seeing Sheila, Bronwen trotted towards her right away.
When Bronwen was by Sheila’s side, she was “over the moon.” She called out the horse’s name with her last ounce of strength for the last time, while Bronwen nuzzled her cheek.
“It took a lot for mum to talk on her last day but she clearly called Bronwen’s name and asked for a kiss,” said Tina.
Bronwen tenderly bent down, and gave Sheila a last kiss goodbye.
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Seeing this sentimental reunion, Tina couldn’t help her emotions.
“I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment,” Tina told Manchester Evening News.
“She had a really special relationship with Bronwen. She had her for about 18 or 19 years from Bronwen being 7. It was so touching for us all, it meant a lot to us.”
Having bade a final farewell, Sheila died without regrets hours later, the next morning.
It is simply extraordinary the bonds between living creatures, be they human or horse. It seems that the ones we hold dear in our hearts are really what we live for, and that heart-felt bond may transcend the corporeal. Is it possible Sheila waited for this last reunion before passing on?