Monkey visits Hospice patient

08 March 2017

A PATIENT who loved monkeys was visited by a marmoset at the Hospice shortly before he passed away.

Monkey visits Hospice patient

Ian Cadman, 58, and his family spent half an hour with two and a half year old Millie on Tuesday, February 28th, after Hospice staff arranged the visit.

A few hours after the visit Ian sadly died of a life-limiting illness surrounded by his family.
Ian's twin sister Karen Lund said: "Since he was tiny Ian loved monkeys and always had a monkey of some sort. Ian had a favourite monkey called Jacko and another called Monkey and had over 800 fluffy monkeys in his flat - he was obsessed with them.

"The nurses noticed he had toy monkeys on his bed and he told the nurses how much he liked monkeys. Emma, one of the nurses, asked if he was well enough could she arrange for him to be taken to see the monkeys at Knowsley Safari Park and we said yes but then he deteriorated so quickly it wasn't possible."

Emma-Jane Ritchie, one of the nurses who supported Ian and his family, said: "Ian was crazy about monkeys and talked about how much he was looking forward to visiting Monkey World in Dorset in June, so we all knew how much he loved monkeys, particularly as he had four cuddly monkeys in bed with him. We were all so enthused by the idea of Ian seeing real monkeys before he died."

Hospice staff decided that the next best thing to Ian visiting monkeys would be to bring a monkey into the hospice.

Nurse Jenny Wetter approached Fundraising Manager, Maxine Armstrong, who tracked down Tina Salmon from Lounge Room Lizards in Waterloo near Liverpool who agreed to bring Millie to the hospice in Hindley to visit Ian who had cancer.

Tina said: "I always like to try and give back where I can. I got a lot back from taking Millie in and felt quite humbled to be there. I get to play with animals on an everyday basis and I take them into schools but to do something like this makes it so worthwhile."
Karen said: "Even though Ian only got to see the monkey, for us as a family to know he's had a real monkey there with him, meant so much to us.
"We have decided as a family we are going to do anything and everything we can to raise money for the hospice in appreciation of what has happened, everything that has been done for the family and for Ian.
"On his first day he said 'I like it here - here I feel safe'. It's an amazing place and it's not what I expected. I've not met a member of staff that hasn't been caring and gone over and above - nothing is too much trouble. Without the support we have had from the staff we would have just crumbled."

The hospice regularly allows animals including dogs, cats and birds in to visit patients but this is the first time a monkey has been onto the Inpatient Unit (IPU).

The hospice IPU has 14 beds and admits over 260 patients with a life-limiting illness every year for symptom management, to give emotional support or to provide end-of-life care.


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