Hannabelle W. was 92 years old when she was told she needed heart surgery. After talks with her doctors, it was clear that curative care for Hannabelle’s condition was not going to extend her life, and that continuing those treatments could involve discomfort and hospitalization. This was not how she wanted to experience the final chapter of a life well-lived.
Instead, with the help of her team from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, Hannabelle was able to remain in her home and live the rest of her days comfortably. Hannabelle’s experience highlights the benefits that starting hospice care early can bring to patients and their families.
Her story was featured as part of a national awareness campaign called Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice, led by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. You can watch a video about Hannabelle by visiting the Moments of Life website.