As his final wish, Mario asked for one last visit with the animals he'd worked among, and yesterday that wish was fulfilled.
"A very special moment. You could see him totally light up. It's very special to see that those animals recognize him, and sense that he isn't doing well," says Kees Veldboer, director of the Ambulance Wish Foundation which made the visit possible.
"It was very beautiful to be able to help this man fulfill his dying wish."