The Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark was recently deemed an outstanding model in patient care which goes above and beyond the duty. A simple gesture on behalf of the hospital staff proves that sometimes, the patient’s wellbeing is more important than his condition even if it means bending or breaking a few rules.
Several days ago, Carsten Flemming Hansen, a 75-year-old Copenhagen resident, was rushed to the Aarhus University Hospital after complaining of severe pains. A brief medical examination revealed that Hansen had a ruptured artery and severe internal bleeding.
Given his fragile state and his age, the Emergency Room doctors told the family that Hansen would not survive the surgery and that he had only a few days to live. When confronted with this perspective, Hansen said he had only one request – to spend his last days on Earth in the company of his family and to drink a glass of wine and to smoke a cigarette while viewing the sunset.
Although this might seem like a perfectly normal request, given Hansen’s condition, the Danish healthcare system has a strict non-smoking policy when it comes to the hospital. However, Rikke Kvist, a certified nurse who works at the Danish hospital and who got to know Hansen, decided to grant the dying patient’s last wish, even though it meant breaking a few dozen hospital rules.
The next day, Kvist, with the help of some of her colleagues from the Danish hospital set their plan in motion. Remembering that Carsten Flemming Hansen was hospitalized on a floor which had access to a balcony, Kvist and her colleagues rolled the hospital bed out of the ward and took Hansen to the balcony just as the sun was starting to set.
To complete the picture, nurse Kvist invited Hansen’s family to partake in the dying man’s wish. Once taken to the hospital’s balcony, the Danish hospital’s staff offered Hansen a glass of white wine and a cigarette.
The party reminisced about the good old times, had a couple of laughs, and enjoyed the beautiful sunset over a glass of wine. Kvist told a local news outlet that even though there was sadness all around because those were Hansen’s last days on Earth, he and his family decided to talk about other things and crack a few good jokes.
Naturally, the gesture of the Danish hospital did not go unnoticed, many social media users praising the nurse and her colleagues for their selfless act.
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