“The Touching Story of a Devoted Dog’s Farewell to Her Dying Owner”
Last month, Ryan Jessen from California faced what he believed to be a migraine but was soon hospitalized due to a ventricular brain hemorrhage. Sadly, Ryan did not recover, leaving his loved ones devastated.
Amidst the heartbreak, the hospital staff surprised everyone with a heartwarming gesture. On November 30, family and friends gathered in Ryan’s hospital room to bid their final goodbyes. This emotional moment was captured on video and has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands after being shared on Facebook.
Ryan’s sister, Michelle, shared this heartwrenching moment on her Facebook page, saying, “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.” In the video, you can see Mollie, Ryan’s dog, with her tail between her legs and ears pinned down, sniffing her dying owner as she’s gently placed on his hospital bed. The video has garnered over eight million views and been shared more than 80,000 times.
The Facebook post received an overwhelming outpouring of support from well-wishers. Michelle Jessen expressed her gratitude, saying, “THANK YOU to everybody for the outpouring of support. 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.”
A heartwarming photo of Mollie lying on a couch, shared by Ryan’s mother, further showed the bond between the dog and her owner. Ryan’s mother, Laurie Ann Hickenlooper Jessen, wrote, “Mollie will miss her doggy daddy. We release him, with gratitude, to give the gift of life through the organ donor program to waiting recipients. We have personally, and prayerfully, received much support, for which we are gratefully indebted to each and every kindness.”
Jessen also mentioned that doctors believed her brother’s brain hemorrhage was caused by high blood pressure, with speculation that his frequent consumption of energy drinks may have contributed. Ryan’s organs were donated, and on December 1, his sister shared that a 17-year-old from California, whose birthday is on Christmas day, received Ryan’s heart. She wrote, “As sad as it is to lose Ryan, we know his heart is going to bring so much joy to the family of the recipient. I wish Ryan could know what a difference his heart will make for that young man.