These moving pictures show the horse-loving grandmother, whose last wish was to see her favourite animal, when both she and her steed were in their prime.
Sheila Marsh, 77, was wheeled out of Wigan Royal Infirmary in her hospital bed so she could say goodbye to her cherished mare named Bronwen, before passing away just hours later.
It had been the grandmother-of-four's wish to see her horse, which she owned for 25 years since she was a foal, one last time.
Photographs taken from the family albums show Mrs Marsh, who used to work at Haydock Park Racecourse, riding Bronwen at a local show.
Mrs Marsh, who lived in Bickershaw, Wigam, had a life-long affiliation with horses - and when her condition began to deteriorate she asked nurses if she could see her beloved horse once more.
Bosses at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust acted on her wishes and allowed her family to transport show horse Bronwen to the hospital.
Pictures taken on the day - with her full permission - show the animal nuzzling into her owner's neck as she lay in her hospital bed.
Her daughter Tina Marsh, 33, said: 'I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment.'
'She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.
'Her condition did not get any better and the hospital allowed us to bring Bronwen in. It was a matter of hours later that she passed away. I want to thank the hospital and all the nurses.
'It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.'
Gail Taylor, bereavement liaison specialist nurse, said: 'We listened and acted on Mrs Marsh's last wishes.
'Sheila gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes.'
Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing, added: 'I am really pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit from Mrs Marsh's horse. This was obviously extremely important to her and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care.
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