Devastated dogs refuse to leave comatose baby girl's side

By admin
04 May 2016

Nora Hall's parents had to make the most heartbreaking decision of their lives: whether or not they would take their precious daughter off life support.

Nora Hall was just five months and one day old when a massive stroke “switched off” both halves of her brain. That was on 9 April this year.

Little Nora has been in a medically induced coma in the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis ever since. Shortly after her stroke, doctors discovered she suffers from pulmonary hypertension, a rare and incurable disease which results in a short life expectancy.

Nora’s mother, Mary Hall, shared the family’s struggle on Facebook. Her husband, John, had to leave one of his two jobs in order to spend more time with Nora. Mary herself lost her job in 2012.

Nora’s mother, Mary Hall, shared the family’s struggle on Facebook. Nora’s mother, Mary Hall, shared the family’s struggle on Facebook.

“We are dehydrated and our skin is raw from crying so much. But, we have to remain hopeful that she can still turn this around,” Mary writes on her blog.

On Saturday 30 April Mary and John had to make the most heartbreaking decision of their lives: whether or not they would take Nora off life support. Her brain has been damaged to the point where it can no longer support her body.

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“Our hearts are so completely broken. Our world is shattered,” Mary wrote on Facebook as she revealed they had made the impossible choice.

Nora and her dad, John. Nora and her dad, John.

“We are devastated and ache for our baby girl. We tried so very hard to save her, but it just wasn't meant to be.”

One astounding thing to emerge from this tragedy is the amazing support offered by the family’s two basset hounds, who have refused to leave Nora’s side ever since the stroke. The hospital was kind enough to let the dogs stay with the little girl.

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“I can see they are very stressed and sad,” Mary posted on Facebook, along with a picture of the two dogs with Nora. She says she initially wanted to take the dogs away, but was persuaded otherwise when she realised the incredible emotional support they were offering.

Mary posted on the closed Facebook group The Wonderful World of Basset Hounds that the two dogs have been part of the family for eight years, and she finds their presence with Nora a comfort.

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The Halls also feel that having the two hounds there will help them cope when Nora passes, and the dogs will be less stressed and confused if they’re by her side when it happens.

Sources: aww.com.au, facebook.com, inquistr.com

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