Carsten Hansen, 75, suffered an aneurysm and his life expectancy was very short. As a last wish, all the man wanted was to drink a glass of cold white wine, smoke a cigarette, and watch the sunset. For many of us, these daily pleasures are taken for granted. However, hospital rules did not allow smoking in the establishment.
Hansen was admitted to a hospital in Denmark in early April after suffering a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm is long and complicated, and often requires hospitalization for several days after the procedure.
The old man was already very sick and frail and would not resist the operation. However, without surgery, he would not survive more than a few hours due to internal bleeding. Sitting in his hospital room, Hansen told the nurses his last wish. With no more than a few hours of life, he would like to enjoy every minute of it. A glass of cold white wine, a cigarette, and watching the sunset was all the old man wanted.
He was on a floor with access to a balcony. However, the hospital where Hensen was staying had a strict anti-smoking policy to ensure the health and well-being of his patients. The old man thought he would not fulfill his wish, but Hensen’s nurse, Rikki Kvist, decided to break the hospital rules.
After receiving authorization, the family took Hansen to the balcony with his glass of cold white wine, lit a cigarette, and allowed him a few moments of silence to enjoy his last, beautiful sunset. “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.”
Nurse’s gesture moves the world
After the nurse told the story in a Facebook post, the manifestation of love and admiration for her act was overwhelming. “Exactly as it should be, wish I could have done this for my dad, good on his family and respect to the hospital staff for showing humanity,” one user wrote.
“You’re not only a hospital but a place where people can still dream, even if the life won’t give them any more opportunities,” said another. “In these times where sometimes humanity seems to fade away, posts like these keep the fire burning. I wish the family of Mr. Hansen all the best in these difficult times,” wrote a third.
After making his last wish come true, Hansen passed away in peace. Share if you think the nurse’s gesture was very noble!