Being in the hospital is challenging, but realizing that you’ll likely never return home again is heartbreaking. Nurse Brenda Buurstra does everything she possibly can to help her patients, especially when going home is no longer an option for them.
Brenda’s been a nurse for years and has a secret weapon. One that no one knew about until recently.
The Kalamazoo, Michigan, nurse was caring for patient Robert Olson. He was admitted to the hospital after experiencing difficulty breathing.
A hardworking man, Robert didn’t even retire until he was 85 years old. But this time around, the family knew that something was different about Robert’s symptoms, his daughter Roberta Lytle told WWMT “We did not think he was coming home this time.”
Robert ended up in hospice care knowing that he couldn’t receive a pacemaker due to his age. When he was first rushed to Bronson Hospital, he was placed until the care of Nurse Brenda.
Roberta and Robert were watching a show about Pat Boone and when Nurse Brenda walked in, he breathlessly informed her that he didn’t like the star, but really enjoyed one particular song Pat Boone’s daughter sang. Wouldn’t you know it, Nurse Brenda knew part of the song!
“I’m just blown away because the woman’s got a voice.”
Nurse Brenda started singing part of Robert’s favorite song “You Light Up My Life.” Robert could barely speak because of his deteriorating health, but he responded to Nurse Brenda.
The next day, Nurse Brenda came into the room holding a sheet of paper with the lyrics of the song “You Light Up My Life” and left Robert and his daughter simply stunned. They couldn’t believe how caring she is.
“Even through his little venting mask he was wearing, his eyes lit up. His whole countenance changed, and he had a big smile. You could tell that song lit him up. Literally ‘You Light Up My Life,’ that song really just lit him up. You could tell it touched his heart.”
Roberta though it was the cutest thing ever seeing the nurse singing to her patient so she shoot a video of the lovely sight. Although the family believed Robert wouldn’t make it this time, what Brenda did gave him the strength to recover and soon after he was discharged from hospice.
“I have sung to patients for 14 years, and this is just the first time I got caught … To make that awful hospital stay they’re going through just a little bit better, a little bit brighter. I wanted to be on a team of positive people, and that’s what we have here at Bronson. I’m not the only nurse who goes above and beyond at Bronson. This is what we do every day.”
Once she uploaded the video on YouTube (https://youtu.be/HTzhJq0IYKw), many people praised Nurse Brenda for what she did, saying she is one of a kind.