A hospice nurse has gone above and beyond to help a dying father spend a special moment with his son.
Scott Sullivan, 50, was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in August, and the rapidly spreading cancer surrounded his brain and spinal cord, leaving him with just two to four months to live.
Doctors discharged Mr Sullivan to the Hospice of Lake Cumberland in the US state of Kentucky where he quickly developed a friendship with nurse Jerree Humphrey.
The pair had children about the same age who played football for rival schools and Mr Sullivan revealed to the nurse that one of his final wishes was to watch his son’s first football game at Pulaski County High School.
When the nurse found out the first game was an away game at Belfrey, she didn’t think it would be possible for a hospice patient to travel that far.
"I thought you know you're talking seven or eight hours in the car and I said I don't know how safe that would be or how realistic," Ms Humphrey told CNN.
With just weeks to live, the nurse didn’t want to give up on making her patient’s wish come true, so she reached out to a local airport and explained Mr Sullivan’s story.
Days later local dentist Dr Denny Brummett offered to fly Mr Sullivan to the game on his personal plane.
On September 11, Ms Humphrey, Dr Brummett, Mr Sullivan and his girlfriend flew the 321kms to Belfrey in just 40 minutes, making the experience much easier.
The nurse said watching her patient and his son hug brought a tear to her eye.
“You could just not help but cry. He just embraced him so hard and was just so thankful for him to be there,” Ms Humphrey told CNN.
After the emotional reunion, Mr Sullivan sat proudly on a hill, away from the crowds for safety, to watch his son play his first game of the season.
“Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time. I was just so happy to see my son,” an emotional Mr Sullivan told CNN.
The Hospice of Lake Cumberland shared photos of the emotional day on Facebook and wrote “this is what it’s all about”.
“There was Scott Sullivan's son, Cade, waiting to embrace his dad. Our heartfelt thanks go to Dr Brummett, without whom, this could not have been possible. We are all sending our love and best to Scott and his family,” the hospice wrote.
Mr Sullivan is hoping to make it to see more of his son’s football games. In the meantime he still has Ms Humphrey by his side who said the experience has been rewarding.
“We as hospice nurses, we go into their homes and we just become a part of their family,” Ms Humphrey told the Commonwealth Journal.
“So, when you can go in and do something like this, it shows that hospice isn’t just there to help people die.”
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