Nurses Break Hospital Rules To Let Dying Man Smoke, Watch The Sunset

“Of course the relatives were also affected by the fact that he was going to die, and they were sad. But it was cozy and there was humor.”

Nurses at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark violated the hospital’s regulations to fulfill a dying patient’s last wish.

Upon his arrival at the hospital, Carsten Flemming Hansen, 75, was told by doctors that he was too sick for surgery. He was found to be terminally ill and was admitted to hospital with an aortic aneurysm and internal bleeding.

Doctors predicted that he only had a few hours or days left, therefore, they decided not to operate on Hansen and granted the patient a “dignified” death.

Hansen then revealed the final thing that he wanted to do before he died: Smoke a cigarette and drink a glass of cold white wine outside, while watching the sunset. After the ailing patient expressed his wish, nurses at the hospital started making arrangements for it. They wheeled him out onto the balcony on a bed so he could watch the sunset and gave him a glass of cold wine. They even broke the hospital’s no-smoke regulation and allowed him to light up a cigarette.

A picture posted on Facebook by the hospital captured the heart-touching moment. Since then the post has gone viral online.

The post also stated that it was the hospital and his family’s mutual decision that his last wishes were more important than the treatment. Surrounded by close friends and family, Hansen enjoyed his drink while watching the sunset.

Rikke Kvist, a nurse at the hospital said, “It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Of course the relatives were also affected by the fact that he was going to die, and they were sad.”

The hospital posted the photo online shortly after he died.


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