'It was the most moving thing I've ever seen'
PUBLISHED: 13:41 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:03 26 February 2018
A carer has reflected on a beautiful moment between a dying man and his great granddaughter while being cared for by Isabel Hospice.
Ted Prosser, 82, was being looked after during his final days by the Welwyn Garden City-based charity when one of his nurses asked if there was anyone else he wanted to see before he died.
His daughter had died in an accident a few years earlier, but one of Ted’s last wishes was to cuddle his five-month-old great granddaughter Bonnie Blue.
The youngster was brought to Ted’s room and placed in his arms, recalled his main carer Irene Wenman.
She continued: “Bonnie Blue doesn’t settle easily, she wakes at the slightest noise and is a real fidget.
“When we placed Bonnie Blue next to Ted she just snuggled up and slipped her hand into Ted’s.
“Suddenly there was a loud noise outside, which normally would have meant she would startle and cry. But no, she just stayed asleep. It was the most moving thing I’ve ever seen.”
Ted, from Cheshunt, opted not to have cancer treatment so he could have quality time with his family, including his wife Barbara, who has dementia.
With Isabel Hospice’s help, it meant she could be part of Ted’s care, was with him every day and was also asleep with him when he died on February 5.
For more information about care at home with the charity, ring 01707 382500 and ask to speak to the duty clinical nurse specialist.
Isabel Hospice will also be running Dementia Friends information sessions at 10am on March 9 and April 20, at its Living Well with Isabel Hub in Hall Grove.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to create dementia friendly communities.
To book a space on a session, contact Laura Ashworth on 01707 382520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org