People who choose to become nurses are amazing individuals who often put the needs of their patients ahead of everything else going on in life. But one nurse’s dedication to a dying patient caught the attention of millions of users on social media this past week, as a video of her singing to her patient went viral.
Nurse Olivia Neufelder, who works in Nashville, Tennessee, asked her patient Margaret Smith what her favorite song was when she was first admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Smith, who was diagnosed with cancer, told Neufelder that she liked “Dancing in the Sky” by duo Dani and Lizzy.
So Neufelder sang to her the song every day when she was in the hospital. Smith called her nurse “her angel” for treating her so kindly.
Smith soon discovered that she was denied a liver transplant she needed to survive due to poor health. Neufelder, moments after hearing the news herself, sat by Smith’s side, held her hand and sang the song to her one last time, a moment that was recorded by one of Smith’s best friends.
Neufelder and Smith both react emotionally to the nurse’s singing, at times wiping away tears while comforting each other. Margaret Smith’s daughter, Megan, posted the video to her Facebook page, writing, “Words cannot describe the appreciation and love we feel for nurse Olivia who mom calls her angel!”
“Your dedication to your patients is beyond any that I have seen, you truly are a beam of light and I cannot thank you enough for the compassion and care and love you shared for my mother,” Megan Smith added.
The video has been shared a number of times, and viewed by more than 3.7 million users on Facebook as of press time.
Smith was transported to an assisted living center shortly after. She passed away on Wednesday, two days after the video was uploaded, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Neufelder said her friendship with her patient affected her in many ways. “She didn't feel like a patient” when she sang to her, Neufelder said. “I wanted her to know that she was loved even if her family wasn't able to be there.”
In her own Facebook posting, Neufelder further elaborated what Smith meant to her.
“Miss Marg has touched my heart in such an indescribable way,” she wrote. “I am so humbled and honored to be a Nurse. My thoughts and prayers are forever with this amazing family.”
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