Kevin McClain, a 57-year-old homeless man from Cedar Rapids, had lived in his car with his dog, Yurtie. The two were separated about a month ago when McClain became ill from lung cancer and had to enter hospice. His dying wish was to see Yurtie once again. It was a simple request, but one that meant the world to him in his final days.
The Hospice Home, Ambulance Service and shelter teamed up to make it happen.
“In the transition of moving him over from our ambulance cot to the bed, he told me: ‘I have a dog’. He said her name is Yurt and at that moment, that was my Aha! moment‘”, said Area Ambulance Service Paramedic Specialist Jan Erceg.
Yurt’s shelter was the same shelter where Kevin’s paramedic, Erceg, volunteered.
“And the moment he opened those eyes and saw that dog there was instant recognition and with Yurtie, she licked his arms, she licked his face,” Erceg told to KCRG-TV Channel 9 reporter.
Kevin died in the meantime, while Yurtie is getting used to her new home, adopted by Kate and Eric Ungs of Marion.