This is a really sad story of a 5-month old baby who suffered a massive stroke at the beginning of April and passed away on Monday despite of all of her family’s efforts to save her. In the middle of their worst imaginable grief, their Basset Hounds stayed with her and represented a valuable comfort for everyone.
Since the day of the stroke, Nora Hall was in an induced coma in the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis to keep her brain activity down. She was facing pulmonary hypertension in addition to the stroke, which itself is very rare and extremely dangerous, and there is no cure for it. Just symptom management.
She wasn’t responding to any treatment because she was also genetically unique with tiny blood vessels throughout her body, that couldn’t allow her body to respond to the treatments. This condition and the stroke kept her brain from receiving enough oxygen and it shrunk to half its side.
Her brain scans revealed that she had suffered greater injuries than expected. Her brain wouldn’t have been able to recover so after four weeks of fighting, her family decided to take out her breathing tubes and let her go peacefully.
During the time at the hospital, the family’s two 8-year old Basset Hounds brought comfort to the family and to Nora. The hospital allowed them to visit her on the last days of her life. Once there, they refused to leave her side.
Nora’s mom didn’t know if it was best to send the dogs with her brother not to stress them more if they saw everybody upset or if to let them stay with Nora until the end so they could understand -in their own particular way- why she is not coming back.
In the end, she let them stay because they could not only comfort the family but they may find some comfort themselves.
On Monday, at 3:45 Nora passed away. Her mom wrote on Facebook:
“Yesterday our sweet baby Nora sighed a little sigh and breathed the breath that was her last. She died with her puppies at her feet and while being held close in the arms of her parents as they sang to her and caressed her and told her how very much they loved her. She went without pain or fear”
If you want to help them cover their bills, they set up a GoFundMe page. We wish them peace in these hard times.