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Animals help with healing

   15 June 2017   l   Justin Steyn    l   Views: 203   l   9 months ago  


Former nurse Delilah van Wyk has testified that animals bring healing to patients, particularly those who are in a critical state.

A recent tragedy has inspired a former hospital nurse to speak out about the healing effect animals have on people.

Delilah van Wyk (48) said she was involved in nursing a 93-year old woman, who had five dogs, from her home at Bela-Bela.

“Her beloved dogs meant the world to her and her recovery was rather slim before they entered into her life.

“They would keep her company and make her smile. This really helped her recover,” Van Wyk told The Post.

She said that her patient’s health increased from being bedridden to slightly walking, to taking a short vacation abroad.

Sadly her patient’s return was not a happy one as four of the dogs had been poisoned.

“She was devastated and I saw her health deteriorating once again. It is so sad to see someone who was recovering well, slipping back into a health recession because of such cruelty,” she said.

She added that the recent loss of the fifth dog has dampened her own spirits and hampered her patient’s health even further.

Van Wyk explained that she has had firsthand experience how animals improved in her patients’ health.

“I worked as a full time nurse in Johannesburg and as an animal lover I enjoyed visits from institutions that brought animals to cheer up patients. The animals, mostly dogs and cats, were cleaned properly and taken to the patients to spend time with them.”

She described the healing process to be a spiritual experience rather than a form of physical treatment.

“If the patient is happy about the animal’s presence, it helps to brighten them up spiritually and in turn this aids their physical recovery,” she said.

Van Wyk said that she hopes that one day the people responsible for poisoning her patient’s dogs will learn what a terrible deed they have committed.

A spokesman from the Bela-Bela police said that the poisoning is most probably linked to house robberies in the area.




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