For the first time since opening its doors 45 years ago, a hospital in Brazil decided to make an exception to its "no pets" policy - fulfilling a patient's dying wish to bid her dog one last farewell.
Since being admitted to the University Hospital of Santa Maria in December, 80-year-old Teresinha Prieto Flores had been without her constant companion of eight years, a fluffy white dog named Pink. Although she was only semi-lucid in her final weeks, Flores made daily requests to see her beloved pet. Health-care workers were so moved, they successfully appealed to have the rules bent to allow for a visit from Pink.
Last week, with the unprecedented authorization from hospital administrators, Flores and her dog were finally reunited.