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This Dying Woman Was Given One Of Her Last Wishes – A Visit From An ALPACA

This is the emotional moment a dying woman was given one of her last wishes – a visit from an ALPACA.

Brave Helen Hancox has just days to live because she has a brain tumour.

But she recently saw one the animals on a television programme from the bed of her home – and said she would like to stroke one.

Daughter Jackie put an appeal out on social media to see if somebody could get one to come to the house where her mother and father Colin live.

Ginnie Meakin, of Cotswold Vale Alpacas at Sedgeberrow, near Evesham, Glos, agreeing to bring twelve-year-old Cosmo to see Mrs Hancox.

Helen, of Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, loved every second of the visit, stroking the lovable animal and chatting away to him.

Her eyes lit up as Ginnie brought him to her bedside.

The 72-year-old said: “Oh you’re beautiful. Oh you’re gorgeous. Aren’t you beautiful?”

Saying hello to the 4ft-high creature, said: “You are lovely.”

Watched by Colin,, Jackie, her other daughter Cat and grandson Dan, Mrs Hancox barely took her eyes off Cosmo.

He remained calm throughout the exchange, with Ginnie saying he was clearly relaxed.

She has taken alpacas into schools and hospitals homes before but said the trip to see Mrs Hancox was something of a one-off.

Helen said it was the first time she had seen an alpaca, which is related to camels and originates from South America, at close quarters.

She was delighted when Ginnie gave her a miniature model of Cosmo to keep.

Still addressing Cosmo, Mrs Hancox said he was able to “make things wonderful for people, even for me”.

She added that seeing and touching an alpaca had been ”ten times better” than seeing one on the TV.

Just before Cosmo left, she told him: “I’m very happy to have met you. You won’t half make me remember you.”

Then she said: “That was incredible, fabulous. Well done Jacks.”

Mrs Hancox fractured her hip in a fall on April 5 and scans revealed she was suffering from a brain tumour.



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