After spending 65 years working with horses, Frank Keat's only wish in the final days of his battle with cancer was to see his favorite horse one more time to say goodbye.
Keat's failing health prevented him from being transported to the stable, but the staff at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall, England, ensured he would get a visit from his old friend before it was too late.
On Oct. 23, Keat was wheeled out to the hospital patio, where his prized 5-year-old horse, Early Morn, was waiting there, a surprise visit set up by his nurses.
Keat died three days later, at 80.
"It was a really nice last gift and I was so delighted it happened,'' his son, Tim, told wire service SWNS.
"It was a wonderful gesture by the nurses to arrange for his horse to visit him like that. I want to thank all the staff on the ward for what they did, because I know my dad couldn't have wished for anything better."
Frank Keat with jockey Trevor Coles and the horse Frankies Flutter in 2000.