80-year-old Frank Keat spent 65 years of his life working in stables and horses. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that horses were all he ever talked about, even when he was in the hospital. That gave the nurses an idea for a wonderful surprise, which he remembered until his very last breath.
LIFETIME OF LOVE
Frank started working with horses when he was 15, and he had developed a close bond with several steeds over the years. But when he began battling cancer at the Bodmin Community Hospital in Cornwall, he had only one wish, and that was to see his five-year-old horse called Early Morn one last time.
JUST ONE MORE VISIT
Originally, Frank wanted to pay the stables he had worked in for 65 years a visit one more time, but since he was in the midst of undergoing treatment for his cancer, leaving the hospital was out of the question.
FRANK’S FAIRY GOD-NURSE
Frank’s condition wasn’t improving and the nurses he had come to rely on to keep him alive felt awful that he couldn’t leave the hospital. So, in an almost fairy-tale-type fashion, they found a different way to make his dream come true.
THE UNEXPECTED VISITOR
Instead of taking Frank to the stables, the nurses decided it would be easier to simply bring Early Morn onto the hospital’s property. So, that’s what they did, and then they wheeled Frank’s bed out so he could get the surprise of his life.
When Frank was wheeled onto the hospital’s patio, his face lit up, and we’d almost dare say that Early Morn looked pretty happy to see his human friend too.
TOUCHED BY GENEROSITY
Sadly, Frank passed away three days after he had been reunited with Early Morn. But that short reunion put a lovely smile on his face, and you could even say he died happy on October of 2015.
Frank’s son, Tim, who was 51 at the time of his father’s death, was touched by the kindness and lengths that the nurses had gone to in order to ensure that his dad got his final wish granted.
TELL A TALE
Frank had spent a lot of time at the hospital, and the nurses there remember how much he would love talking about his horses. So, getting Early Morn into hospital grounds to make the reunion happen was extremely gratifying to all those who Frank had touched with his stories.
SMILES ALL AROUND
The nurses claimed that it was the most emotional day they’d ever worked in their entire career, and by the end of the day, there wasn’t a dry eye in the entire hospital, but there were plenty of smiles.
TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND
Frank had looked after horses all of his life and had an amazing career. In 2012, he was vice-president of the Camelford Agricultural Show. He even met the Queen of England herself in 2000 while showing off his horse the Royal Cornwall Show. And he had even participated in a horse race in 1955 when he was just 20.While we still don’t understand the full range of animal emotions, it’s safe to say that Early Morn mourned the loss of his human friend, Frank, when the horse was allowed to attend his funeral at the Cardinham Parish Church. If there’s ever been a shining example of friendship, this was certainly it.