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Basset Hounds Stay With Dying Baby Until She Takes Her Final Breath

5-month-old Nora Hall suffered a catastrophic stroke, causing severe brain damage.

It was then determined that she was born with pulmonary hypertension. She didn’t have long to live. She was placed in a medically induced coma for the next three weeks.

In Nora’s 5 short months, she had won the hearts of her two dogs, Basset Hounds Gracie and Grumpy. “Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” Mary Hall told ABC News. “Whenever Nora would cry, Gracie would run to see what was wrong. She was always, always by Nora and kissing her and making sure she was OK.”

As the family prepared to let Nora go, The Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis asked the family if there were any last wishes. Nora’s parents emphatically said “Yes.” They wanted to know if their two dogs could say a final goodbye to their baby girl.

“I asked, ‘If you could let us have our dogs [at the hospital], we’d really appreciate that,’” Hall said. “I didn’t want to go home and have them sniffing around for her and not knowing where she went. They lowered the bed so the dogs could lay with her and Gracie ran up and licked her.”

“It was really nice,” Mary said. “It brought us a lot of comfort.”

Gracie and Grumpy continue to comfort their family each and every day. Rest in peace, sweet Nora. Sl

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