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Nurses send patient to 'Live with Kelly & Ryan'

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 12:18:59-04

Weeks after Bridget O'Connell was discharged from Mercy Hospital, she made a happy return to say 'thanks' to the nursing staff in Unit 5-East.

"The nurses here have been truly wonderful,” O'Connell said.

Bridget's gratitude is not just for the great care she received while admitted in the hospital, but also for the nurses' efforts beyond the hospital walls.

The nurses went out of their way to try to get O'Connell on Live with Kelly and Ryan's Travel Trivia call-in segment.  They sent a letter to the morning talk show, explaining O'Connell's situation and asking for their consideration.

"[The nurses] really have gone above and beyond to try and give their patient, who they became very close to, their dream," Unit Manager Judith Humes said.

It just so happened that there was something else going on behind the scenes:  Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest were planning to take their show on the road to Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada.

So when word got out about the nurses' gesture, 7ABC WKBW set aside two tickets for O'Connell so that she could see her favorite talk show hosts live at the Oaks Garden Theatre on June 5th.

“For people to do something so kind out of the bottom of their heart to do something for me, I don't know, you don't feel like you deserve anything like that. It was just really nice and overwhelming," O'Connell said.