In Richland Parish, Louisiana, a selfless nurse died while trying to save her paralyzed patient trapped in a burning house.
Selfless Nurse Sacrifices Life For Patient
On Nov. 23, at around six in the evening, a fire broke out in the house of a paralyzed homeowner in Louisiana. Because of her condition, the fire trapped her in her room. But Gwendolyn Theus, who worked in nutrition services at Delhi Hospital before becoming a nurse, was there when it happened. So, she alerted her patient and came to her rescue.
According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, Gwendolyn did everything she could to keep her patient safe. She attempted to cross through the doorway, but they couldn’t, so she tried to get the 71-year-old patient out through the window instead.
But by the time first responders came and rescued them, the nurse had already inhaled a lot of smoke. Doctors couldn’t revive her. Thus, she passed away.
Meanwhile, her paralyzed patient survived. Authorities took her to a burn unit in Mississippi, where she is expected to make a full recovery.
“Ms. Theus’ valiant efforts to put her patient’s life before her own are both admirable and heartbreaking,” stated the state Fire Marshal. “Our prayers are with her loved ones. And with the surviving victim for her recovery and loss of her dedicated nurse and friend.”
A Woman Of God
In an obituary of the 64-year-old hero nurse, it said how she was known for “sharing the message of hope and love with everyone she knew.”
“Gwen was a sensitive, loving, and dedicated woman of God,” the obituary said. “She gave her life to save another on the evening of Nov. 23 in a house fire while sitting with an elderly, paralyzed patient.”
Indeed, Gwen demonstrated such sacrificial love of Christ to her patient. Just like what was written in the Bible in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
She is a real hero, and her legacy in loving the way Christ did will surely be remembered. Let’s continue to pray for the bereaved family of Gwen.