Dying Patient’s Last Wish is Against Hospital Rules. Then Nurse Breaks the Rules to Give it to Him
Carsten Flemming Hansen was admitted to the hospital in Denmark because of an aortic aneurysm and internal bleeding, he was deemed too ill for surgery. The 75-year-old was told he’d only have days or hours left to live. After hearing the news, Hansen made his last wish.
Sitting in his hospital room with no more than a few hours to live, Hansen told his nurses that he wished to enjoy his final minutes with a glass of cold white wine, a cigarette, and a view of the setting sun.
The nurses were able to find white wine, and Hansen’s room was luckily on a floor with access to a balcony. It was the cigarette that proved a problem, however. The hospital where Hensen was staying had a strict no-smoking policy to ensure the health and well-being of its patients, but Hensen’s nurse Rikki Kvist decided this rule was OK to break.
And so they wheeled Hansen out to the balcony with his glass of cold white wine, lit him a cigarette, and allowed him a few quiet moments to enjoy his final, beautiful sunset with his family.
“It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere,” Kvist told The Telegraph. “Of course they were relatives also affected by the fact that he was going to die, and they were sad. But it was cozy and there was humor.”
Having enjoyed his dying wish, Hansen peacefully passed away. Although he is no longer here, his picture is keeping his beautiful memory alive and is a small reminder that sometimes you have to leave this world doing the things you love most.