Hospital grants dying man final wish of cigarette and wine while watching sunset

KATHMANDU — A hospital in Denmark has shared a photograph of a 75-year-old patient enjoying his final wish of a cigarette and a glass of wine with his family, while watching the sunset from a hospital balcony.

Carsten Flemming Hansen was told by staff at the Aarhus University Hospital that he was too sick to undergo surgery on his stomach and would die of internal bleeding.

After being informed of the news by his nurse, Rikke Kvist, Mr Hansen told her of his final wish,despite the hospital’s no-smoking policy — to watch the sunset while enjoying one last glass of wine and a cigarette.

She was only too happy to oblige — despite smoking being banned at the hospital.

“That was when I remembered that we are on the same floor that has access to a balcony,” Kvist told

With the help of Mr Hansen’s family he was taken out to the balcony to enjoy the sunset on Tuesday evening.

“It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere,” the nurse said.

“Of course they were relatives also affected by the fact that he was going to die, and they were sad. But it was cozy and there was humour.”

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