James Wathen is 73 years old and was in such terrible health that he had to be put in the hospital. He wasn’t eating and was so weak that he couldn’t even speak any longer as he laid lonely in his hospital bed.
When the hospital staff found out that his emotional state was even worse because he had to be apart from his best friend, a one-eyed Chihuahua named Bubba, they decided to do something about it. Going against hospital policy at the time, which didn’t allow pets, they worked in secret with the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter to reunite Mr. Wathen and Bubba.
As you can see in the video below, they made it happen and when a sick elderly man was reunited with his dog, he made a complete turnaround. How uplifting! Since their first time seeing each other again was such a success and James Wathen’s health has improved so much from it, the hospital is now making sure they can have regular visits that don’t have to be secretly arranged. Thanks to the tremendous health improvements gained from having Bubba back in his life, Mr. Wathen now eats again, talks people’s ears off, and even sits up in his bed!
Bubba was also in bad shape at the animal shelter before and stopped eating, when he wasn’t able to spend time with his owner. Now that they see each other again regularly, he’s eating like a champ and running around like he should!