Dogs Stay Close By Baby Girl’s Side In Hospital

Two Basset Hounds have refused to leave the hospital bed of an infant who suffered a stroke.

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Basset Hounds wanted to stay close to an infant in the hospital. Via  Nora Hall Miracle Baby/Facebook
Basset Hounds wanted to stay close to an infant in the hospital. Via Nora Hall Miracle Baby/Facebook

Two dogs have brought a measure of comfort to a little girl and her family during tough times.

While 5-month-old Nora Hall lay in her bed in a medically induced coma at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her two Basset Hounds have remained by her side, Nora’s mother, Mary, wrote on Facebook.

Little Nora had suffered a stroke on April 6 and her family has stayed with her in the hospital for nearly a month. The family has spent so much time at the hospital that staff allowed the Halls to bring in the dogs, who Mary said are so attached to her daughter. She described the dogs as “very stressed and sad” in the hospital.

Nora's mother Mary made one of her Basset Hounds a focal point of her daughter's Facebook page. Mary calls Nora her "miracle" and celebrates her life as she shares the pain of the family. Via Nora Hall Miracle Baby/Facebook

Nora’s mother Mary made one of her Basset Hounds a focal point of her daughter’s Facebook page. Mary calls Nora her “miracle” and celebrates her life as she shares the pain of the family. Via Nora Hall Miracle Baby/Facebook

Mary had questioned whether the dogs should be present, according to The Telegraph. She turned to members of Facebook group the Wonderful World of Basset Hounds for advice.

“I was leaning towards sending them away [from her room] so they didn’t get stressed, but after reading so many comments saying to keep them, then I will (the nurses are head over heels with them anyhow),” Mary said, according to the news outlet.

The dogs surely are helping the Halls through the stressful stay at the hospital. In Mary’s last Facebook post, on April 30, she said the family had decided to remove Nora’s feeding tube on May 2.

“On Monday, we will be taking out her breathing tube and letting our sweet baby Nora go peacefully, and on her own terms,” she wrote. “The pain and palliative care team will be here with us to make sure that she is safe, comfortable, and not scared. I still don’t know how we are going to be able to do this, as we will never be ready to let her go, but we know in our heart of hearts that it is the right decision to make for her.”

Our thoughts are with this strong little girl and her loving family. We hope the Halls’ Bassett Hounds will give them extra cuddles tonight.

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  • My heart breaks for you and your family. Nora will have lots of company in heaven. All the sweet people and animals will hold her and play with her until you are reunited one day. I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing and I won’t attempt to say that it gets better with time, all Ivan say is to cherish the ones you have with you niw. Look to them and grieve this loss together.

    Keisha May 5, 2016 10:20 am Reply

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