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Video of nurse singing dying woman her favourite song goes viral

People associate hospitals with bad news but they're also places where beautiful moments can happen.

It’s stories like this that remind us how lucky we are to have the people we do working in our hospitals, and with our ill and elderly.
Nurse Olivia Neufelder of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center [sic] in Tennessee in the US is being heralded a hero on the internet for the compassion and tenderness she showed one of her dying patients by singing her her favourite song.
In a touching video that has since gone viral on social media, Olivia can be seen singing 63-year-old Margaret Smith’s favourite song (Dancing In The Sky by Dani and Lizzy) as Margaret, who had liver cancer, lay in her bed.
Not only that, but as reported by *International Business Times*, Olivia sat with Margaret for hours as the “medicine” administered “from too much anaesthesia” wore off.
Margaret’s grateful daughter Megan shared the moving scene on Facebook, where the post has received more than four million views – and counting.
Alongside the video, Megan wrote:
“This nurse sat with my mom for hours while the medicine from too much anaesthesia and sang a very special song to my sweet mother to comfort her.”
“You never left her side by choice! Words cannot describe the appreciation and love we feel for nurse Olivia who mom calls her angel.”
Soon afterwards Margaret was moved to a nearby nursing home, where she died on Wednesday, October 25.