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April 24, 2018

Dying man’s horse brought to Bodmin Hospital for last goodbye

CARING nurses at Bodmin Hospital granted a man his dying wish when they arranged for his favourite horse to visit him days before he passed away.

Cancer patient Frank Keat died peacefully on Monday night but last Friday to his great surprise, his five-year-old horse, Early Morn, appeared on the patio of Anchor ward.

Staff nurse Samantha Russell said it was an emotional time for everyone.

“I can honestly say that this is the most memorable day of my career. The emotion was overwhelming and there wasn’t a dry eye on the ward,”

she said.

“Early Morn is a horse that Frank broke himself, and he so wanted to see him again.

“Sadly he was not well enough to visit the stable, so the nursing team came up with the fantastic idea of arranging for his horse to be brought to the hospital without him knowing.

“We wheeled his bed out on to the patio where he was greeted by his beautiful horse.

“Frank was just overwhelmed and speechless.”

Eighty-year-old Mr Keat, from Cardinham, was well known and respected in the equine community.

He was a huntsman with the Bolventor Harriers, had bred champions hunters and had judged many equestrian competitions throughout the country.

He was also a former president of the Camelford and District Agricultural Association.

His son Tim said his father had always been passionate about horses, and the hospital visit of Early Morn, a thoroughbred hunter, had meant a lot to him.

“Dad had been involved with horses since he was aged 15, and there’s nothing he didn’t know about them.

“He was in the hospital in Bodmin five years ago, and as soon as he came out, I had to drive him up to Wales because he wanted to buy two horses up there.

“It was a wonderful gesture by the nurses to arrange for his horse to visit him like that.

“I want to thank all the staff on the ward for what they did, because I know my dad couldn’t have wished for anything better,” said Tim.