When Nancy entered the room and was placed by Giovanni's side, it elicited a response in him not seen since he entered the coma. His body began to stir in gentle convulsions, as if from excitement about his dog's presence.
Nancy, meanwhile, wagged her tail.
"She stayed close and kissed my father," Deborah tells The Dodo, adding that his expression changed in that moment, like he was going to cry. "I like to think that was him saying, 'Hello little one, now we can say goodbye.'"
Here's video capturing a portion of that touching moment.