Hospice Patient Couldn’t Speak, Let’s See What Happens When Nurse Had Him Singing

A nurse from Kalamazoo, Michigan has been singing to her patients for over a decade. So it wasn’t surprising that upon learning her patient, Robert Lytle, loved the song “You Light Up My Life” she wanted to sing it to him.


Robert’s daughter, Roberta told the local Michigan news station, “he has heart problems but because of his age, they can’t put a pacemaker in.” She mentioned that he “had an episode at home and wasn’t able to breathe.”


So family members took Robert to Bronson Hospital. He was there for one week, and his family didn’t think he was coming home this time. He was having a very hard time breathing and he was unable to speak, not even a few words. Shortly after he arrived to the hospital, he was put on Hospice care. That is when nurse Brenda Buurstra came into his life.


What happened next was absolutely remarkable. Not only did nurse Brenda get Robert to start speaking again, she had him singing!

Roberts daughter said they had been watching a show on Pat Boone, and he told the nurse ‘I don’t like him, but I like a song that his daughter sings.’ He then told nurse Brenda that his favorite song is “You Light Up My Life”.

Not knowing all the words to the song, she promised to print out the lyrics and come back the next day to sing it to him.

And sure enough, she did.


Just one week later, Robert had regained enough strength to be discharged from the hospital. Thanks to nurse Brenda, Robert’s spirits were lifted and he was now going home, no longer under hospice care.