Dog dies 15 minutes after owner, 25, loses heartbreaking battle with cancer

Stuart Hutchison, from Alloa, Scotland, spent eight years battling a brain tumour and his French bulldog Nero "was always with him"

A loyal dog died 15 minutes after his young owner lost his heartbreaking battle with brain cancer.

Stuart Hutchison, 25, spent eight years fighting the tumour and, despite surgery and chemotherapy, cancer spread to his bones.

He relapsed twice, was never in remission and died at home on August 11.

The man's beloved French bulldog Nero died just minutes after his owner.

Heartbroken mum, Fiona Conaghan, 52, said: "Stuart died about 1.15pm that day, and Nero died roughly 15 minutes later.

"He had three dogs, but he and Nero were like one man and his dog.

"Nero was the dog which was always with him."

Stuart, who married wife Danielle, 22, in January this year, doted on two-year-old Nero, their other dog Nala and Amelia - the puppy of Nala and Nero.

Fiona, from Alloa, Scotland, added: "Danielle was heartbroken to have lost both of them, but she has been so strong.

"We got Stuart home four weeks ago because he wanted to die at home because that's where he was born.

"We cared for him at home.

"We expected it but it is still tough.

"It is still a shock and traumatic when it finally comes."

Stuart and Danielle, a pharmacy assistant, got together six years ago and got engaged in 2017.

They lived at their home in Alloa before Stuart spent his final month living with his mum.

Fiona, who was a full-time carer for her son, said: "Danielle had been staying at ours with Stuart and woke up one morning and realized her glasses were broken.

"Her dad said he would go and get another pair from her and Stuart's house to save her leaving him as we knew he didn't have long left.

"When he got there he realized the dog had taken unwell and took him to the emergency vets.

"They said he had ruptured something in his spine but he had been totally fine before that.

"He went into hospital to start chemo at the end of 2018 and he was then having scans every three months."

The grieving mum added: "At a scan in March, they said the chemo was working.

"Him and Danielle went on holiday to Spain in May and he started getting a pain in his hand.

"He went for a check-up and they were convinced there was nothing wrong.

"But then by June it started to affect his whole arm and that's when they did a scan and saw cancer had taken over his whole brain and had spread to his bones and his pelvis.

"We always knew this was a possibility.

"Stuart was a strong, loveable character, everyone loved him."

Dog dies 15 minutes after owner, 25, loses heartbreaking battle with cancer Dog dies 15 minutes after owner, 25, loses heartbreaking battle with cancer Reviewed by DogRedLine on August 20, 2019 Rating: 5

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