Patient's Last Wish Granted: a Cigarette and a Glass of Wine


Patient's Last Wish Granted: a Cigarette and a Glass of Wine

Carsten Flemming Hansen was suffering from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, and doctors told him he was too sick to have surgery meaning the internal bleeding would kill him within days, perhaps even hours.

Nurses in Denmark benevolently broke their hospital's regulations last week to grant a 75-year-old man his dying wish.

Staff then made a decision to wheel Mr. Hansen's bed out to the balcony and let him enjoy a final drink and smoke while he admired the sunset, granting an exception to the hospital's no smoking policy.

Rikke Kvist, a nurse at the hospital, told Danish newspaper Avisen.dk: 'It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

The hospital shared a photo of Mr. Hansen savouring his final cigarette and glass of wine on Facebook, writing: "The family agreed that [in] this situation [what] Carsten Hansen wants [was] more important than the treatment [and] prevention".

Of course, they were relatives also affected by the fact that he was going to die, and they were sad.

Smoking is not permitted at the hospital but staff decided they would break the rules and permit Hansen to enjoy a smoke on the balcony.

With the help of Mr. Hansen's family he was taken out to the balcony to enjoy the sunset on Tuesday evening. Do you think something like this would happen in Australia?