Rule-Breaking Nurses Helped This Dying Man Get His Final Wish

They ignored hospital regulations for just a few hours.

With the permission of the patient and his family, a group of nurses at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark granted a dying man his final wish.

After learning he had an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen, Carsten Flemming Hansen, 75, was told he was too sick to operate on. He only had a few days — or even hours — left. In the hopes of giving him a "dignified" death, Hansen's nurses agreed to help him break the hospital's regulations.

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Hospital staff wheeled Hansen's bed onto his balcony, where they allowed him to smoke a cigarette and have a glass of cold white wine. He and his family watched a final sunset over Aarhus Bay together while he enjoyed his treats.

The hospital hasn't updated its Facebook followers about Hansen's health, but in the meantime it's been showered with appreciation for its treatment of their special patient: around 70,000 likes and thousands of sweet comments.

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