Dying veteran sees beloved horses one last time

Posted at 8:03 AM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 08:04:04-04

SAN ANTONIO, TX (KABB/CNN) - A paralyzed Vietnam vet who was seriously ill was missing his two closest friends - a pair of horses.

“Horses are his life,” Rosario Gonzales said of her husband, Roberto. “We’ve been training and raising horses for 30, 40 years.”

She said Roberto Gonzales was one of the only disabled licensed horse trainers in the state. He had been in Vietnam for just a few months before he was shot and injured on May 21, 1970.

He was left paralyzed.

But recently, he went to the hospital for a back wound, to find he also needed treatment of liver problems and that his kidneys were starting to shut down.

Knowing things may take a turn for the worse, Roberto Gonzales’ dying wish was to see his horses, Sugar and Ringo, one last time.

The wish was granted on the anniversary of his life-changing injury.

“When the horses came up to him, he actually opened his eyes,” his wife said. “They came up to him and I think they were actually kissing him.”

The family is now letting other patients know that their last wishes can come true, too.

Courtesy KABB via CNN Newsource