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Published:October 17th, 2014 11:16 EST

Elderly Patient Has Miraculous Recovery After Hospital Reunion With His Dog: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"James Wathen had stopped eating. Frail and barely able to speak, the 73-year-old whispered to a health care worker that he missed his dog, a one-eyed Chihuahua he hadn`t seen since paramedics whisked him away to a Kentucky hospital weeks earlier. 


So a team of nurses hustled to learn the fate of Wathen`s beloved pet, Bubba, hoping a reunion might provide some peace and comfort to their heartbroken and deteriorating patient  -- even if arranging one meant bending a hospital rule against pets."


I know how happy my pooch and my cats make me; my pets enrich my life and help me cope with the trials and tribulations I face every day.

I can certainly understand the increasing use of dogs and cats as therapy pets in setting ranging from nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

If I`m ever in a hospital I won`t need a therapy dog, I will just ask a friend or family member to have my pooch Skype with me, I`ll be on the road to recovery in no time.

When the medical staff at a Kentucky hospital noticed that an elderly patient had seemed to have lost the will to life, they decided to reunite him with his beloved pet: Bubba a one-eyed Chihuahua.

While the elderly patient, James Wathen, was in the hospital his pet was being taken care by a foster family. The foster family lavished attention on the tiny dog, but he refused to eat because he missed his owner so much.

Watch the reunion, have tissues at the ready.

Bubba and Wathen have regained their appetite; hopefully they will be home soon.

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