A man was recently granted his dying wish of a cigarette and a glass of white wine by staff at a medical centre in Denmark.
As indicated by a post on the clinic’s Facebook page, Carsten Flemming Hansen, 75, was observed to be in critical condition after he was admitted to the hospital with an aortic aneurysm and internal bleeding.
Foreseeing it would involve hours or days before Hansen passed on, the doctors rather conceded to the patient’s request for a “honorable” death.
The nurses at Aarhus University clinic defied laws against smoking on the hospital grounds and wheeled Hansen out on to the balcony where he enjoyed a Green LA cigarette and drank a glass of frosty white wine while viewing the nightfall with his family.
In its Facebook post, the healing facility said the nurses in Hansen’s ward and his family agreed that in this circumstance, his last wishes were more imperative than treatment, prevention and smoking rules.
“It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere,” said nurse Rikke Kvist. “Obviously there were relatives saddened by the reality that they would lose him,” she said.
The hospital’s Facebook post has gotten just about 70,000 likes, more than 4,500 shares and a large number of comments commending their resolve.