Watch the Heartfelt Moment When a Tennessee Nurse Sings to a Cancer Patient Days Before Her Death
Break out the tissues for this real-life touched by an angel story.
No one wants to receive a fatal diagnosis and be told that they only have a few days to live. Such was the case for 63-year-old Margaret Smith. Smith had been living with liver cancer for a year and was awaiting a liver transplant. But unfortunately, after undergoing a surgical procedure, doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, determined that Smith was too ill to receive the transplant. To help Smith endure the devastating news, one nurse stepped up to provide some comfort—in the form of a song.
According to NewsChannel 5, before Smith was released to a nearby nursing home in Cookeville, Tennessee, her friend, Crystal Roberts, recorded the tender moment of nurse Olivia Neufelder singing to Smith. Smith would die just six days later on Wednesday, October 25, at the nursing home.
Smith’s daughter, Megan, posted and shared the video on Facebook, which has now received more than 4 million views. In the accompanying caption, Megan touted Neufelder as an "angel" for staying by her bedridden mother’s side during such a dark time.
"This nurse sat with my mom for hours while the medicine from too much Anesthesia and sang a very special song to my sweet mother to comfort her," Megan wrote on Facebook. "You never left her side by choice! Words cannot describe the appreciation and love we feel for nurse Olivia who mom calls her angel!"
In an interview with The Washington Post, Neufelder said that the reason she decided to sing was because Smith revealed to her that she was afraid of dying.
"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 played at her funeral," Neufelder told NewsChannel 5. "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."
As you can see in the video posted above, Neufelder, while holding Smith’s hand, sang "Dancing in the Sky" by Dani and Lizzy to the ailing woman. Neufelder also shared the following message about her experience with Smith on her personal Facebook page.
"Miss Marg [Smith] has touched my heart in such an indescribable way," Neufelder wrote, adding a heart emoji. "I am so humbled and honored to be a nurse. My thoughts and prayers are forever with this amazing family."
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Margaret Smith’s funeral was held on Friday, October 27, and the family has started a GoFundMe page to cover the expenses. Thanks to Neufelder’s touching serenade in the now-viral video, the family has raised more than $3,000 so far. To donate, please visit their page here.