Knowing that he didn't have long, Patrick's nurses decided to find a special visitor to come and commune with him. They contacted the nearby North Devon Equine Rescue Centre, hoping initially that a small pony could be escorted over. Learning about Patrick, the rescue group's founder, Ann Sims, said yes immediately — and she had an even better idea:
"I said, 'If he is real horse man, he would want to see a real horse.' So I brought big boy Victor up," Sim told The Dodo. "Patrick's last wish was to see a horse again to brighten his day."
It was clearly the right choice. Patrick was wheeled out front of the hospice in his bed, and his face lit up when he saw the majestic Victor standing sweetly before him.