Joo Spake, the father of Audrie Spake, has been bedridden for some months due to a multitude of health problems. Joo just had a visitor to help repair his heart as well, but his physicians have been doing everything they can to help his body heal.
Paçoca is the name of that guest.
A therapy horse named Paçoca works with volunteers from the nonprofit organization Coletivo Incluso, whose goal is to reach out to people with special needs. What a distinction that can make.
Spake posted a moving video earlier this week capturing the moment Paçoca visited her father. Paçoca quietly sat against Joo’s chest in a modest interchange of comfort and affection, sensing, it would seem, the kind of relationship Joo needed the most.
The entire time, Spake writes, “He was like that with my father.” “It was lovely!”
It’s obvious that Joo won’t soon forget his visit. And perhaps it will do more than simply serve as a remembrance.
The therapeutic effects of therapy animals on patients’ health and wellbeing are now being recognized by an increasing number of medical professionals.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “patients with a variety of health issues can considerably reduce pain, anxiety, sadness, and exhaustion with animal-assisted treatment.” “Additionally, not just those with health issues benefit from it. Those who see animal encounters with family and friends report feeling better as well.”
According to a letter Joo’s daughter sent about Paçoca’s visit, “It was an unfathomable moment.”