Just hours after this photo was taken, Sheila Marsh (77) died. Knowing that her dying wish had been fulfilled.
The moving picture shows how the horse Bronwen (25) carefully put the muzzle against the face of his dying mistress.
Then the two take a quiet farewell.
- I cried and cried, as did all the nurses. It was a beautiful moment, Sheila's daughter, Tina Marsh (33) says to Manchester Evening News.
The 77 years old grandmother has in recent weeks been fighting a hard battle with cancer from her hospital bed at Wigan Royal Infirmary.
When the condition gradually became worse, she asked to meet with the horse she has had for the last 25 years - since it was a little foal - one last time.
Her bed was rolled out to the parking lot outside the hospital. Then even health personnel couldn't hold back the tears.
- Sheila gently called for Bronwen and the horse leaned down and kissed her on the cheek as they said a final farewell, nurse Gail Taylor says to Manchester Evening News.
Soon after she lost the fight against cancer.
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