When you think of doctors and nurses, you imagine that they must see some pretty messed up things in their careers. But that’s no big deal because they’re hardcore professionals. Out of any industry in the world, you would think that these people would be able to handle any circumstance with complete fearlessness. That’s what we assume because their days are surrounded by blood and gore. They often see ghastly things on the regular, and it doesn’t bother them one bit because they’re used to these aspects of their job. But there are just some things that not everyone can handle, things that are so creepy, they’ll keep you up at night.
When it comes to dealing with death in their industry, sometimes, things can get a little weird and out of the ordinary. What do I mean? Well, sometimes, being a doctor or a nurse, you can run into situations that could always be called downright creepy. Sometimes, when people die, they take that time to utter what can be known as their famous last words. But sometimes, these last words can be things that you wouldn’t normally expect to hear. They’re things that are so creepy that you won’t be able to get them out of your head. Words from people who are dying that will send chills down your spine. These doctors and nurses heard the unthinkable, and these are the creepy confessions they heard from patients before they died.
15. He’s Not Alone
The creepiest part of being around someone who’s dying is that they sometimes see things that we do not. Those things can be terribly worrisome.
“I found one of my ‘comfort measures only’ patients standing at the side of his bed. It surprised me because he had been mostly unresponsive during my shift. I helped him back into bed, and he asked me why all these people were in his room. He suddenly became quiet again, and I noticed he wasn’t breathing. He was a DNR, so there wasn’t anything to do to try to bring him back. Looking back, he may have been talking about me and the CNA that was helping me get him back into bed, but who knows what or who he saw the last minutes of his life. It still creeps me out a little when I think about it.” (Nurselabs.com)
14. A Confession
This wasn’t exactly a gasping message as the last breath, but it was no less creepy. What would you do if a patient confessed to a murder right before they died? It’s pretty creepy, and you have to wonder what the situation was really about. We would love to know the whole backstory. Who was murdered, and how did this person get away with it? Not only that, but another family member knew about it. It’s a tangled web we weave.
“I overheard an old lady whisper this to her old husband dying of kidney problems. ‘You are going to beat this; you got away with murder; this is nothing.’” (Thought Catalog)
13. A Wish for Death
When someone begs you to die, that can be the creepiest thing of all.
“I’m an RT and had a vented trach patient in angio have the same thing happen. Vent waveforms got a little funky showing she needed to be suctioned. I walked up to her and saw bright red blood just start shooting up the vent circuit and immediately obstruct it. I immediately said ‘she’s hemorrhaging,’ and the vascular surgeon said, “no it’s just a little blood,” thinking I was referring to his access site in her groin. I popped her off of the vent, and blood just started pouring out of her trach, mouth, and nose. She looked at me and said, “just let me die.” The puddle of blood was about 6 feet in diameter on the floor within just a couple of minutes, and I was covered from the chest down. I’ve seen some shit, but that was the worst.” (Thought Catalog)
12. Off to Hell
You often wonder where terrible people end up, but in this case, it’s pretty clear.
“This is sad, but also creepy, and I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it. Had a 20-year-old kid, gang member, who was dying of primary liver cancer. Super unusual, aggressive, and terminal. He was angry at the universe. His family was there to comfort him, but he literally spits in their faces. Every ounce of energy he had left was angry and mean and ugly. His mom would beg him to lighten up and accept Jesus into his heart. He would swing at her and tell her to eff herself. The family remained beside in hopes he would chill out at the end. His last day, hours, moments, he was angry. The family called me into the room, and told me they thought he was going (he wasn’t responding, Cheyne-Stokes breaths, eyes glossy and skin cold–the end was imminent.) His lovely mother, in her dearest attempt, whispered to him to go towards the light, to her Jesus. With his dying breath, he opened his eyes, looked at her and said: ‘Eff your Jesus.’ A second or two later, he slowly turned his head to the to the [sic] left and got the most horrific look on his face as if he was looking at something we couldn’t see. Horrified, like in a bad movie, his face contorted, and he screamed with his last breath, eyes wide, ‘Oh shit, oh shit, OH NOOOOOOO!!!!’ Then made a guttural noise and promptly fell back into the bed and died. Every family member was shaking and too frightened to speak, and I left the room and took two days off. I don’t care if I never find out what he saw.” (Nurselabs.com)
11. Stealing the Girl
What if a dying patient knew something about you that wasn’t possible? It would probably scare the crap out of you, right? In the case of this doctor, that’s exactly what happened.
“I had this patient who had a stroke. After that, he recovered fine but did get pneumonia like four weeks into his recovery. The last words he said to me was at 5 in the morning. ‘You took his girl and you will burn in hell for it.’ I actually took a girlfriend from a friend of mine. Somehow he knew.” (Knowable)
In this case, the doctor was confronted with a patient that appeared to know something about him. It could be a complete coincidence, or maybe the patient wasn’t talking about him at all. It has to be that, right?! It’s hard to say because strange things happen to people who are dying.
10. No Eyes
It’s hard to say what goes through people’s minds when they’re dying. There have been plenty of cases where people have seen terrible things that could not be explained. There have also been times where people have seen wonderful things, like a light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of our own lives; it seems that everyone has their own experiences based on how they live their lives. In the case of one man, he saw something horrific before he died, and it stuck with the doctor ever since.
“My grandfather on his deathbed said, ‘they have no eyes,’ — still give[s] me chills.” (Thought Catalog)
9. Creature with Red Eyes
We can’t imagine what it would be like to have a patient who saw something with red eyes just before he or she died. Why? It just sounds so terrible, and thoughts of demons or the Devil even come to mind when you think of a story like this. Why do some dying patients see terrible things before they die? Is it because they were also evil in their lives and it’s payback? That’s such a horrible thought, it’s almost breathtaking.
“Then, she whispered, ‘and his eyes are red’ while her eyes moved across the room to directly behind the CNA like she was watching him move closer to us. She died later that night. But it was unexpected. That room creeped me out for a long time after that.” (Knowable)
8. A Buried Body
Sometimes, people use their deathbeds to unleash confessions that they’ve been harboring for many years. These people live with years of guilt and remorse; they hold secrets that they’ve never told anyone. In this case, a man needed to confess to a crime. It’s hard to say whether he was directly involved in the murder or not or if he was just aware of where a body was buried. It’s a terrible thing to hear before someone dies, especially if he or she doesn’t get a chance to tell you the whole story. In this case, a confession was made without any more information, and so the doctor has to wonder if the story was actually true at all. This doctor heard a man confess to a crime. Now, how creepy is that?
7. The Devil is With Him
We don’t even want to think about how horrible it would be to see the Devil just before you die. Could you just imagine? We would all like the luxury of dying in peace, but it doesn’t sound like this man had that chance.
“The devil has been in my room all night, but don’t worry; God is with you.”
This man had like the worst death ever, too. He had a horrendous seizure and died with his eyes wide open and had a horrible grimace on his face. He had also been yelling all night about the “devil” and saying over and over, “Get out of here! This building’s gonna blow!” (Nurselabs.com)
What did he mean when he said the building would blow? What a terrifying confession, and we can only hope it was all just a hallucination. If not, then it’s possible that the poor man went somewhere terrible.
6. Shocking Death
Imagine spending time with a patient and even joking around with them only to have them spit blood out of their mouth right in front of you. In the case of this nurse, she got more than she bargained for when she was visiting with a patient. This is the kind of experience that would make you reconsider a career in medicine.
“I work in a cardiac ICU. We had a patient who had a pulmonary artery rupture (a rare, but known complication of a Swan-Ganz catheter). One minute he was joking around with us, and the next, bright red blood was spewing out of his mouth. His last words before he died were, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ It still haunts me years later.” (Thought Catalog)
5. Kill Me
What would you do if a patient asked you to kill them? It must be terrifying to be in a situation where you know you’re going to die. Especially if that death is slow and painful. These types of experiences will often stick with the nurses for a long time afterward.
“DNR patient was on comfort cares. Was on a high dose of morphine and hallucinating. She would alternate between grasping for things not there and trying to climb out of bed. She was too unsteady to walk, so my job was to sit in the room and make sure she was safe. She tried to get up, and I went to ask her what she needed. She grabbed my arm and pulled me down towards her face and said, very angrily, ‘kill me.’ That one f*cked with me for a while.” (Nurselabs.com)
4. A Burned Victim
This is a horrifying story of games gone wrong.
“I live in the Pacific NW, and there was a rupture of the Olympic Pipeline in Bellingham in 1999. The petroleum flowed into Whatcom Creek. There were two little boys playing in the creek behind one of their houses with a barbecue lighter. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the petroleum was flowing into the creek [and] was set on fire by the lighter they were playing with. It became a conflagration. One of the older brothers and a couple of his friends ran out to the creek behind their house and brought the boys out of the water. The little guys were severely burnt but in shock and with adrenaline running [so they] didn’t realize how hurt they were. I still cry when I think about it to this day when I read that the little guys thought that they had caused the explosion from playing in the creek with a lighter. Worse, and this actually haunts me, is one of the boys telling the rescuers that ‘Oh, my mom is going to be so mad that I ruined my new clothes.’ These little guys died the next day of their burns.” (Nurselabs.com)
3. Man in Black
Sometimes, people see things on their deathbed that they really can’t explain. Nurses and doctors hear creepy things that make them wonder about what’s on the other side and whether it’s good or evil.
“A nice old lady who told my CNA she wanted to wear all white. When asked why, she said, ‘the man in black is here.’ She looked in the corner of the room. The CNA looked, but there was no one there. That’s when I came into the room. We asked her to describe what she was seeing, and she said, ‘he’s in all black, and he’s got a top hat on.’” (Knowable)
2. German Confession
One doctor heard a man pleading for his life as if he was still part of WWII. Talk about creepy indeed. But with this confession, it’s almost as if there’s some guilt involved, and the person was hoping for some forgiveness before he died. Just hearing it would have made my skin crawl. Who knows what was going through the man’s head before he died? But he clearly saw things that no one else could.
“Last year: my grandfather started desperately pleading for his life with his German captors from WWII. The doctor present was smart and said in German: ‘You are free, Herr Caticature. You are free.’ And then he died.” (Nurselabs.com)
1. I’ll Die
This nurse had a creepy experience with a strange patient.
“Came into an early shift and was handed over a patient who’d been very anxious and had a panic attack overnight. He was anxious all morning but OBS all fine, ECG fine, and so I just asked someone to sit with him to keep an eye on him/reassure him for me. He gets worse, really panicky, heavy breathing; he’s on his side in the fetal position. Dr. will be 10 minutes, so I tell him I’ll get them to him as soon as they come in but ask if he’ll lie on his back for me to help his breathing. He tells me he won’t make it until they get here and that he won’t face the other way. OBS still all fine at this point, but he’s more agitated, so again, I suggest he move position for comfort, and that’s when he says, ‘I won’t make it until the Dr. get[s] here. If I turn to face the other way, I’ll die.’ He repeated this a few times to me. He arrested literally as the Dr. walked in, and he died on the side he’d been refusing to turn to. I’m convinced he knew.” (Thought Catalog)