On April 6th, 2016, baby Nora suffered from a stroke, resulting in severe brain damage on both sides of her brain.
The doctors at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis were disappointed to inform Nora’s mom, Mary Hall, that her daughter’s chances of survival were slim.
According to mom Mary Hall, Nora was born with abnormally small blood vessels. While Mary was certainly concerned about her daughter, its her two dogs, Gracie and Grumpy, that felt most connected with the small baby.
“Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” Mary Hall told ABC News. “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.”
When it was time to say goodbye to Nora, Mary was determined to have Gracie and Grumpy give their final kisses.
“I didn’t want to go home and have them sniffing around for her and not knowing where she went,” she said. “It brought us a lot of comfort to have them. 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.”
The dogs laid solemly by Nora’s side in the hospital bed, until she took her last breath.
Mary organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for her late daughter.