It’s stories like this that reminds us to celebrate the above-and-beyond efforts of hospital staff – nurses and doctors, included.
Nurse Olivia Neufelder of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center [sic] in Tennessee in the US is being heralded a hero across the World Wide Web for the ultimate selfless act of singing to one of her dying patients.
In a video that has since gone viral on social media, Olivia can be seen singing 63-year-old Margaret Smith’s favourite song (“Dancing In The Sky” by Dani and Lizzy) as the sick woman laid in her bed (Margaret was dying from liver cancer).
Not only that, but as reported by International Business Times, Olivia sat with Margaret for hours as the “medicine” administered “from too much anaesthesia” wore off.
Margaret’s emotional, eternally grateful daughter, Megan, shared the moving gesture to Facebook, where the post has received more than four million views – and counting.
Alongside the video, Megan wrote:
“This nurse sat with my mom for hours while the medicine from too much anaesthesia and sang a very special song to my sweet mother to comfort her.”
“You never left her side by choice! Words cannot describe the appreciation and love we feel for nurse Olivia who mom calls her angel.”
Following the tender moment, Margaret was soon moved to a nearby nursing home, where she later died on Wednesday, October 25.
Our thoughts are with Megan and all those who loved and knew her mother, Margaret, during this difficult time.