They Were told Their Baby Wouldn’t Survive, but Their Dogs Knew Just What to Do

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A family’s two basset hounds refused to leave a dying child’s side after doctor’s informed her parents of the devastating news that she wouldn’t survive.

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“It was really nice,” mom Mary Hall of Deluth, Minnesota, told ABC News. “It brought us a lot of comfort to have them [there]. 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.”

Nora Hall, 5 months old, died May 2 after suffering a stroke April 6 and spending three weeks in the hospital.

The stroke had affected both sides of her brain, causing severe damage, her mother said.

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Mary Hall

The family dogs, 8-year-olds Grumpy and Gracie, fell in love with Nora as soon as she arrived from the hospital, Hall said.

“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.”

Mary Hall

As Nora’s days were sadly numbered, the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis asked Mary and John Hall whether they had any final wishes for their daughter.

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