Audrie Spake’s father Joo has been facing a multitude of health challenges that have kept him confined to bed for several months. While his doctors have done everything they can to help his body heal, Joo recently had a visitor to help him repair his heart as well.
That visitor’s name is Paçoca.
Paçoca is a therapy horse who works with volunteers from the NGO Coletivo Incluso, which aims to reach out to people with special needs. And how much of a difference it can make.
Earlier this week, Spake uploaded a moving video of Paçoca paying a visit to her father. Sensing the type of relationship Joo required, Paçoca nestled lightly against his chest in a modest exchange of comfort and love.
“He was like that the whole time with my father,” Spake wrote. “It was beautiful!”
Clearly, it was a visit Joo will never forget. And, perhaps, it will be more than just a memory.
Nowadays, an increasing number of medical professions recognize the healing advantages of therapy animals on patients’ health and well-being.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “animal-assisted treatment can considerably improve pain, anxiety, sadness, and exhaustion in persons with a variety of health issues.” “And it’s not just folks with health issues that benefit. Family and friends that attend animal visits report feeling better as well.”
“It was an unfathomable moment,” Joo’s daughter writes of Paçoca’s visit.