33-year-old Ryan Jessen suffered a ventricular brain haemorrhage which had left him on a ventilator in Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. Aware that Ryan had little time left, his family made sure his dog of six years, Mollie, had a chance to say goodbye.
The beautiful moment that Mollie sensitively approaches Ryan’s bed was caught on camera by his sister Michelle, and shared on Facebook for family and friends to see. The emotional video has now gone viral and on Facebook alone, has garnered almost 19 million views, with many expressing their own stories of having suffered grief.
Ryan first came across Mollie about six years ago in a cemetery. She was “a little flea-bitten puppy” stray, and Ryan took her in straight away. The two had developed such a strong bond that his family felt it was their duty to allow Mollie to say goodbye to her best friend, and get an idea of why her owner would not be returning home.
“Just realizing that my brother is not going to wake up, it was obviously upsetting,” Michelle told TODAY. “We wanted the dog to have closure. We wanted to make sure she understood.”
“(Ryan) was a very sweet person, and we’re all dog lovers,” she continued.
“Mollie’s reaction normally would’ve been to run up and jump on him and be super excited, and she was very hesitant the way she reacted to him (at the hospital).”
Ryan has since passed away and several of his organs will now be donated, including his heart, which will be given to a 17-year-old boy from California whose birthday is on Christmas.
A positive ending to an otherwise emotional tale.