• STV
  • MySTV

Pet dog dies minutes after owner loses battle with cancer

Stuart Hutchison, 25, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011.

Love: Pet dog Nero died shortly after owner Stuart Hutchison.
Love: Pet dog Nero died shortly after owner Stuart Hutchison. SWNS

A young cancer patient died just 15 minutes before his favourite pet dog passed away.

Stuart Hutchison, 25, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, and underwent surgery and bouts of chemotherapy to treat it.

However, the cancer spread to his bones and he suffered another aggressive tumour.

Mr Hutchison, who married wife Danielle, 22, in January, doted on his two-year-old French bulldog, Nero.

The couple also had another dog, Nala, aged four, and Amelia - the puppy of Nala and Nero.

In a tragic twist of fate, Nero died just 15 minutes after his owner, on August 11.

Family: Stuart Hutchison married his wife Danielle earlier this year.
Family: Stuart Hutchison married his wife Danielle earlier this year. SWNS

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 him and Nero were like one man and his dog.

"Nero was the dog which was always with him.

"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."

Mr Hutchison lived with his wife in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, before he spent his final month living with his mum.

Ms Conaghan, who was a full-time carer for her son, said: "Danielle had been staying at ours with Stuart and woke up one morning and realised 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 realised 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."

Mr Hutchison was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and relapsed in 2014 and then 2018.

He was never in remission, and his mum said his death was not unexpected.

Ms Conaghan added: "We always knew this was a possibility.

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

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.