What was once kept a secret has now been exposed as a nurse in Kalamazoo has been discreetly singing to patients for 14 years now and her sweet act got caught on camera for the first time.
Bronson Hospital welcomed a patient, Robert Olson, two weeks ago due to difficulty breathing and his daughter Lytle fear he might not be able to make it home.
Roberta Lytle shared with WWMT, “He has heart problems, but because of his age, they can’t put a pacemaker in.” she explained that “He had an episode at the house, and he couldn’t breathe. … We did not think he was coming home this time.”
One of his caregivers at Bronson was Nurse Brenda Buurstra. One evening, Robert and Brenda were watching a show on Pat Boone and Olson, despite his condition and difficulty talking, said, “I don’t like him, but I like a song that his daughter sings.” Buurstra figured he was referring to Debby Boone, so she sang Robert’s favourite song, “You Light Up My Life.”
Lytle couldn’t hide her emotions as she told the news outlet that, “This lady just starts singing. And I’m just blown away. Because the woman’s got a voice.” Nurse Brenda sang the song even though she couldn’t remember all the words, so she found the lyrics and brought them over to Mr Olson so that they could sing it together.
“He was beaming,” the nurse said. “Even though 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.”
Lytle also stated: “If you listen to the video, you can hear him trying to sing at the very end. But it changed him. It was like he knew he was going to go home.”
Buurstra knows for a fact that her job goes beyond physically taking care of patients but address their emotional health as well. Brenda explained, “It’s not just about medical — it’s about touching the heart and the spirit of the person.” And Lytle thinks Brenda’s Commitment to her patients as a nurse is undeniable.
Olson was healthy enough to check out of the hospital, a week after they sang the song together. Olson’s daughter said, “I just hope this woman knows what she’s done for my dad. I just hope Bronson Hospital knows what they have in her.”