An elderly man was visiting his wife in the hospital when he heard a nurse’s aide murmuring to herself. She probably thought the sound had gone unnoticed, but the grandfather heard and decided to speak up. Her response made every jaw in the room drop.
Mikea Braden, a nurse technician of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, had her big secret exposed after she was assigned to care for 71-year-old Patsy Tate. According to Fox News, the elderly woman’s heart had been out of rhythm, causing her to be admitted to the hospital, where she crossed paths with Mikea.
The nurse tech was working on a Saturday evening when she caught the attention of Patsy’s husband and her granddaughter, Olivia Kilburn. As Mikea was doing her rounds, she was seemingly murmuring to herself, and the sound didn’t go unnoticed by the family.
After Olivia’s grandfather, who was at the hospital to take care of his wife, heard the nurse tech, something occurred to him. The murmuring Mikea had been making was actually the humming of a song, and the old man had a hunch after hearing it. He was compelled to speak up and address Mikea.
“The nurse tech was humming a song and my grandfather said, ‘I bet you know Amazing Grace,'” Olivia recalled. “And she said, ‘Yeah! I’m gonna sing it for y’all!'” And, that she did. As Olivia recorded, Mikea opened her mouth and poured out more than just the iconic hymn. Filled with emotion, Mikea sang from the heart, giving a performance that would quickly make the nurse tech an internet sensation.
Patsy and her family were left in awe as Mikea Braden’s powerful voice filled the room. Closing their eyes, they took in the beautiful sound. And, it was simply too good to keep to themselves. Stunned by the beautiful impromptu performance, Olivia Kilburn posted the footage of Mikea’s emotional rendition to Facebook.
“My granny is sick at St. Thomas hospital in Nashville and she has been blessed with the BEST nurse tech!” Olivia wrote alongside the video, encouraging everyone to “Check out what happened.” And, that they did, quickly making the clip go viral.
Olivia’s grandmother was later released from the hospital and is reportedly doing well. There’s very little doubt that Mikea was instrumental in Patsy’s recovery. Music therapy certainly does wonders for one’s health. It uplifts the spirits and soothes the soul.
Indeed, a powerful song is often all we need to calm and comfort us when we are feeling troubled by negativity or worry. So, to have a caregiver with the capability to serenade their patients is a priceless blessing. But, Mikea is so much more than just a beautiful voice.
While Mikea Braden is indeed a very talented singer, that’s not her only gift. Mikea showed just how far she is willing to go to make someone else feel better. Night after night, she suits up in scrubs, not knowing what she will face, but she meets the challenges head-on, compassionately caring for her patients’ physical and emotional needs without hesitation.
Healthcare is full of unsung heroes like her — no pun intended. So, as we appreciate Mikea’s powerful vocals, let us also be reminded of something more. These caregivers also have an incredible song in their heart in the form of an eagerness to help, even if they can’t sing aloud.
The last place any of us really wants to be is in the hospital. Yet, there are those who clock-in at these facilities each and every day, ready to help others through whatever nightmare they are facing. They do the dirty work, save lives, hold hands, comfort, and care on so many levels.
For long 12-hours shifts, they put themselves aside, giving up nights, evenings, weekends, and even holidays with their own family to take care of ours. Willingly, they go into battles most of us pray to avoid, seeking to make us better. And, they do it day after day for one family after another. So, let’s not forget to thank them for all of their talents.