A dying cancer patient had his final wish granted after a hospice arranged for a monkey to spend his last day with him.
Ian Cadman, who had more than 800 cuddly toy monkeys, was comforted by Millie the two-year-old marmoset during his last hours at Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Tuesday.
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The autistic patient, 58, was supposed to meet the creature during a surprise visit to nearby Knowsley Safari Park.
However due to his declining ill-health, staff couldn’t carry out the plans.
So employees decided to bring the monkey to Ian.
He sadly died surrounded by his family just a few hours after the visit.
Mr Cadman’s twin sister Karen Lund said: ‘To know he’s had a real monkey there with him, meant so much to us.
‘Since he was tiny Ian loved monkeys and always had a monkey of some sort.
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