Compassionate Hospital Allows a Loyal Dog to Visit Her Beloved Dying Human to Say Goodbye

On November 30, 2016, a young man named Ryan Jessen tragically died due to complications from a ventricular brain hemorrhage caused by high blood pressure. Before he passed, the staff at Rideout Hospital in Marysville, California gave permission for Ryan’s beloved dog Mollie to come and say goodbye to him “so she’d know why her human never came home”. Ryan’s sister Michelle expressed her sincere gratitude and assured everyone that Mollie will always have a home.

Rideout Memorial Hospital did the sweetest thing for us and allowed us to bring my brother’s dog in to “say goodbye” so she’d know why her human never came home. If you knew my brother, he really loved his sweet dog. (So many people have asked – He thought he had a migraine, but it was a ventricular brain hemorrhage. They think it was brought on by high blood pressure, and there’s speculation that his frequent consumption of energy drinks may have contributed. THANK YOU to everybody for the outpouring of support, but I won’t be responding anymore. We are sincerely touched and humbled by others’ stories, their sharing in our sadness and the kindness of so many people. Don’t worry about the dog! We’re keeping her!!! She’s part of the family.)

Michelle also stated that Ryan’s organs would be donated to waiting recipients.

We send our deepest condolences to the Jessen family.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.