A 25-year-old cancer patient and his beloved dog passed away just 15 minutes apart from each other.
Stuart Hutchison was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. After the first round of treatment, he relapsed in 2014 and again in 2018. This is when cancer starts to spread to his bones.
But when Mr. Hutchison passed away at home, his family found his dog, Nero with a ruptured spine. He passed away just 15 minutes later at the vet’s.
The couple, Stuart and his wife Danielle, had another dog, Nala, aged four, and Amelia – the puppy of Nero and Nala.
Mr. Hutchison’s heartbroken mother, Fiona Conaghan, 52, said: ‘Stuart died about 1.15pm that day, and Nero died roughly 15 minutes later.
‘He had three dogs, but him and Nero were like one man and his dog. Nero was the dog which was always with him.
‘Danielle was heartbroken to have lost both of them, but she has been so strong.
‘We got Stuart home four weeks ago because he wanted to die at home because that’s where he was born.
‘We cared for him at home. We expected it but it is still tough. It is still a shock and traumatic when it finally comes.’
Stuart and Danielle got engaged in 2017 after four years of dating. They lived in Alloa before Stuart decided to spend his final month living with his mother.
His mother added, ‘He went into hospital to start chemo at the end of 2018 and he was then having scans every three months.
‘At a scan in March, they said the chemo was working. Him and Danielle went on holiday to Spain in May and he started getting a pain in his hand.
‘He went for a check up and they were convinced there was nothing wrong.
‘But then by June it started to affect his whole arm and that’s when they did a scan and saw the cancer had taken over his whole brain and had spread to his bones and his pelvis.
‘We always knew this was a possibility. Stuart was a strong, loveable character, everyone loved him.’
Source – Daily Mail