Nora Hall, a five month old baby, was recently left fighting for her life after suffering from a stroke which caused severe brain damage. Nora's parents, natives of Duluth, Minnesota, are also owners of two eight-year-old basset hounds. The dogs, Grumpy and Gracie, proved to be great examples of how pets stand by their families during tough times.
Because the stroke affected both side's of Nora's brain, she was unfortunately given a limited number of days to live. The loyal family pets, who had fallen in love with Nora as soon as she was brought home from the hospital, insisted on being there for the baby's final days. The hospital was very accommodating and offered to lower the hospital bed so that the dogs could lay with the baby, which allowed the family to all be together during Nora's last moments.
"It brought us a lot of comfort to have them [there]," mother Mary Hall told ABC News. But by the end of the first day, you could see they were stressed out and depressed. Normally, they're very happy-go-lucky. We knew they could sense there was something wrong."
"Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother," she said. "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."
The family shared touching photos of Nora's last days on Facebook and posted a statement, which included the following, on May 3rd: "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."
Condolences to the Hall family as they go through this difficult time.