A story that touched millions of hearts in 2017, Margaret Smith, a 63-year-old cancer patient, was visited by Olivia Nuefelder, a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who sang her favorite song to her with a loving heart before she died.
Smith was hospitalized at VUMC due to a sudden deterioration of her condition. She’d had liver cancer for nearly a year. She was awaiting a liver transplant after undergoing a procedure, but physicians informed her that her health was insufficient for a transplant.
She was eventually transferred to a nursing home in Cookeville, Tennessee, but before she left the hospital, Nuefelder surprised Smith by singing to her.
Smith’s favorite song was Dani and Lizzy’s “Dancing in the Sky.”
“There was almost a sense of peace knowing that it was her favorite song and she did tell me it’s the song she wants to be played at her funeral. She didn’t feel like a patient at that time. I wanted her to know that she was loved even if her family wasn’t able to be there.” Neufelder shared.
Nuefelder was dubbed Smith’s “little angel,” The nurse made sure she lived up to the title by singing to the dying Smith.
“I recently lost my grandmother and went through a similar experience and I was singing to her as she passed too. Margaret really has helped me more than she knows,” added Neufelder.
“Miss Marg has touched my heart in such an indescribable way. I am so humbled and honored to be a Nurse. My thoughts and prayers are forever with this amazing family,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
Smith’s best friend, Crystal Roberts, took the video the day before being released from the hospital.
“More than anything Margaret loved people, loved life, and loved the Lord,” said Roberts.
Nuefelder may be seen singing softly to Smith while fighting back the tears and maintaining a friendly grin. She eventually told Smith that they’d be reunited in heaven one day.
Margaret Smith died just a few days later. Her family wished to express their gratitude to Neufelder for her kindness and optimism during that trying period. It’s a memory they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives, reported Spotlight stories.
Viewers began to share their stories in the comments section of the video:
Papa D shared,
“I’m gonna tell everyone that nurses are and will always be the backbone of the healthcare system. I know from first-hand experience. My wife was on her deathbed because of her liver failure. The care and compassion they all showed her were amazing. Without them, my wife wouldn’t be here today. Thank you to all the awesome people that were chosen by God to be nurses and amazing angels.”
“The nurse showed a lot of compassion singing to a cancer patient. When I was in the QE in Birmingham England there was a nurse in the cancer ward where I was a patient she sang to the ward as she was walking round she was beautiful and made everyone forget about the illness for a few minutes we can’t thank all the nurses around the world enough God bless them all.”