When 33-year-old Ryan Jessen suffered a brain hemorrhage and slipped into a coma last month, his family was beside themselves with grief but his dog, Mollie, was also confused why her owner never came home.
Understanding that Ryan is as important to his dog as he is to them, his family asked the hospital whether it was possible to bring Mollie to his room so she can say goodbye to him and understand, somehow, why he never returned.
Thankfully, the hospital granted the family’s request. Ryan’s sister, Michelle Jessen, wrote on Facebook as she posted a portion of the heartwarming moment on Facebook, “The hospital did the sweetest thing for us and allowed us to bring my brother’s dog in to ‘say goodbye’ so she’d know why her human never came home. If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog.”
While she meant to share the video for their friends and family to see, the touching moment also touched the internet and has since gone viral, gaining over 18.7 million views some 10 days after it was posted on Facebook.
View the video here:
Rideout Memorial Hospital did the sweetest thing for us and allowed us to bring my brother’s dog in to “say goodbye” so she’d know why her human never came home. If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog. (So many people have asked – He thought he had a migraine, but it was a ventricular brain hemorrhage. They think it was brought on by high blood pressure, and there’s speculation that his frequent consumption of energy drinks may have contributed. THANK YOU to everybody for the outpouring of support, but I won’t be responding anymore. We are sincerely touched and humbled by others’ stories, their sharing in our sadness and the kindness of so many people. Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family.) To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email [email protected]
Posted by Michelle Jessen on Thursday, December 1, 2016