Hospital grants dying man his final wish — a cigarette and a glass of wine while watching the sunset
This is the moment a dying man was granted his final wish by a nurse at a hospital in Denmark.
Carsten Flemming Hansen was told by staff at the Aarhus University Hospital that he was too sick to undergo surgery on his stomach and would die of internal bleeding.
After being informed of the news by his nurse, Rikke Kvist, he told her of his final wish — to watch the sunset while enjoying one last glass of wine and a cigarette.
She was only too happy to oblige — despite smoking being banned at the hospital.
“That was when I remembered that we are on the same floor that has access to a balcony,” Kvist told Avisen.dk.
With the help of Mr Hansen’s family he was taken out to the balcony to enjoy the sunset on Tuesday evening.
“It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere,” the nurse said.
“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 humour.”
The hospital has since shared the picture of Hansen watching the sunset, cigarette and a glass of wine in hand.
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On Facebook, the image has been liked by more than 60,000 people and shared more than 4,000 times.
On the social media site, the hospital posted the picture under the heading “A dignified death to the hospital”.
“Carsten Hansen went out onto the balcony where, with his family, he enjoyed a cigarette, a cool glass of wine and a beautiful sunset.”
Hansen passed away on Friday.