Dying Veteran Gets A Visit From The Horses He Loves
Their names are Sugar and Ringo - and these two horses are Roberto Gonzales' best friends.
So, Gonzales' wife, Rosario, and the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in Texas made it possible for Roberto to see his closest friends one last time as one of his final wishes. On Saturday, the two horses were brought to the hospital's front doors, where Roberto met with them and other family members.
Roberto is a wounded veteran, shot during the Vietnam War in 1970, and was one of the hospital's very first patients when it opened in 1974. Today, he is paralyzed and his organs are failing, according to News 4 San Antonio. So, Sugar and Ringo made the 150 mile trip to the hospital, on the anniversary of the day he was shot, May 21.
The visit was also a testament to Roberto's love of the animals, as both he and his wife trained and raised horses for nearly 40 years together.
"When the horses came up to him, he actually opened his eyes," Rosario told News 4 San Antonio. "They came up to him and I think they were actually kissing him."
As of Monday, Roberto's status at the hospital is unclear, but hopefully Sugar and Ringo were able to bring him comfort during his time of need.
Watch a video of the heartwarming reunion: