Veteran fulfills dying wish to go fishing one last time
DUBLIN, GA - Workers at a Veteran's Affairs medical center in Georgia came together to help a veteran fulfill his dying wish: to catch just one more fish.
The Dublin VA Medical Center posted a photo of Connie Willhite, a US Navy combat veteran who served in Vietnam, on Facebook and shared the touching story.
The post says that Willhite wanted to be baptized before he died and wanted to fish one last time.
Fishing was a soothing escape for Willhite who found relief from the stressful aspects of his life when he was out catching fish.
Willhite told hospice unit staff about his final wishes while discussing his end-of-life care.
A VA chaplain came to hold a baptism ceremony in Willhite's room, but he was immobile due to his deteriorating health, so the fishing excursion wouldn't be easy.
With the help of a motorized hospital bed and VA staff, Willhite was taken to a nearby lake and got to bait up one final time and even caught one last fish.
Willhite passed away on August 29, but was able to fulfill both his final wishes before his death.
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