It often comes with a deep feeling of immeasurable satisfaction when wishes come true. But what happens when it's a dying wish? A patriarch in his last days had first-hand experience of his dying wish, and it could not have been more stirring.
In a lifetime, wishes either come true or vanish into thin air. But it is safe to say that everyone wants their wish to come, and when it does, the joy that follows knows no bounds.
A now-late grandpa from New Jersey fulfilled his dying wish in 2018 after being hospitalized for a while. All he wanted was to be able to meet his great-grandchild before he bade farewell to the world, and the moment of fulfillment came with a heart-melting feeling.
Grandpa "Buck" Marshall and his granddaughter, Phero, after meeting his great granddaughter. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition
GRANDPA MEETS HIS GREAT-GRANDCHILD
Grandpa "Buck" Marshall, also known as "pop pop," had pancreatic cancer, and the ailment left him bedridden for his last few days on earth.
Before Marshall's health deteriorated, he had been worried sick that he wouldn't get to meet his great-granddaughter before she was born.
He felt he might not live to see that precious day. However, fate had a different situation in store. Marshall was hospitalized at Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and days after he was admitted, his granddaughter, Joy Caitlyn Phero, went into labor.
Phero was wheeled to the same hospital, only separated by three floors from where her grandfather received treatment.
The 20-year-old gave birth to a healthy baby girl and could not contain her joy. However, one thing was missing – her beloved grandfather.
HOSPITAL STAFF STEPS IN
While Phero had mixed feelings about the possibility of her grandad meeting his third generation, a solution popped up, not from her but from a well-meaning nurse.
Joy Caitlyn Phero and her new born baby, Chloe May Kubat. | Source: youtube.com/Inside Edition
The nurse, simply identified as Randi, with the help of some other nurses, wheeled the new mom and the child from her fourth-floor room to the 7th floor.
The newborn, Chloe May Kubat, was kept safe in an incubator while she and her mom met their family patriarch again.
The highly-emotional reunion was quite inspirational as Phero always feared that her daughter would not get to meet her great-grandfather.
Seeing him again, she walked over to his bedside and wrapped him in a big and warm hug. Marshall also got to peek at Chloe May in her incubator.
PHERO SHARES SOUL-STIRRING MESSAGE
The mom-of-one opened up to Inside Edition that her grandparents were the ones who raised her, and it felt rewarding that they would meet their great-grandchild. She said this of Marshall's dying wish:
"This [meeting] was all my pop pop wanted. He kept telling me this day how his life is complete now, and he couldn't stop thanking me."
She gushed about him and reveled in all that he taught her. Phero stated that Marshall taught her to be strong and hold her chin high in the "toughest situations." He always made them "laugh with his amazing humor."
Even as he laid on his hospital bed and his health failed, Phero felt more drawn to her grandpa, and her adoration for him grew stronger during his diagnosis. She shared:
"I looked up to him especially in his time of sickness. I couldn't ever possibly understand how someone could be so strong."
Grandpa Marshall was discharged from the hospital some days after meeting his great-grandchild. He lived his last days at home knowing he had fulfilled his wish.
CENTENARIAN MEETS NAMESAKE GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILD
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in another touching story when a 108-year-old patriarch met his great-great-grandchild named after him. He minced no words in showing his gratitude for getting such a golden opportunity.
Esmond Allcock lived a most-fulfilling life, enjoying his generation, his kids, his great-grandkids, and his great-great-grandkids. It became even more profound when he met his fourth-generation descendant named Allcock.
Allcock's great-granddaughter Jenna Lambiris, the new baby's mom, told Inside Edition that the patriarch kept kissing the baby and that they did not know the depth with which he was touched.
She stated that after giving birth to her son, she immediately felt he should be named after his great-great-grandfather because, despite his age, the older man would easily recognize her among his family members.
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