As far as scary stories go, creepy paranormal hospital tales are some of the most nerve-wracking. A place where many spend the last moments of their lives, or spend years in between life and death, hospitals ooze paranormal phenomena like they do bodily fluids. As such, nurses share supernatural stories on Reddit so everyone can get a look at what goes on behind their white curtains.
From patients that seem to come back to life to the weird sh*t that people start seeing and hearing before they die, it'll make you glad that you're not working in a hospital wing. But next time you visit someone in the hospital, you may want to keep your eyes peeled.
A Second Time
From user simplesimon6262:
"When I was a student, I got called in on a stroke patient. She had coded and they were doing cpr. They worked for 45 minutes, but she died. They cleaned her up, and called on the family to say goodbye, but by that time the family left. She had been both brain dead and without a pulse for more than 45 minutes. Blood had filled her brain, and she was completely grey and started to smell. Suddenly, she sat up, and called for her family. The nurses rushed to get monitors and equipment back on her. They started working on her again, she stabilized, said goodbye to her family, and promptly died a second time."
A Last Meal
From a deleted Reddit user:
"I had an old lady come in by ambulance, near death. She was a DNR (do-not-resuscitate), so we weren't going to do much for her. She didn't have any family that we could find. The hospital was full, so we had to keep her in the ER for the night.
Again, she was near death. When you've seen enough people die, there's no mistaking it, and she was almost there. Barely responsive; pale, cool, breaths were really irregular, heart rate was up and down, too. We just turned the lights down and kept an eye on her monitor, basically waiting for her to die.
About an hour later, she's standing at the door of her room. She'd gotten up and put on all her clothes. We were all like, 'WTF?' One of the nurses went to check on her, and she said she was hungry. Not knowing really what to make of things, we got her a chair, a bedside table, and went to the cafeteria and got her a tray of food.
She sat there, ate all her food, talked with the staff a little. After about an hour, she told her nurse that she was tired and wanted to lie back down. We helped her back into bed, and within 30 minutes she was dead."
He's Real Handsome
From a deleted Reddit user:
"I used to work in a skilled nursing facility, usually assigned to the Alzheimer's ward. One night I'm in the linen room stocking my cart, and I heard someone shuffle up behind me, then I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around and there was no one else in the room. The door was still shut too.
Another lady started to complain that a man was coming into her room at night (again, Alzheimer's so I didn't think much of it) so to reassure her, I told her I'd check on her throughout the night. She complained of this man for every night for two more weeks when I asked her to describe him to me.
'He's real handsome, and wears a black suit. Oh. He's right behind you now, honey.'
That freaked me the f*ck out. Of course there was no one behind me. She died the next night in her sleep."
The Same Hallucinations
From user boonedj:
"I work in long-term care currently, where a lot of palliative residents always claim to hallucinate either small dogs or its either children eating ice cream before they die. It's always facility specific too. One facility I work at I have had about six or seven residents claim to see a little girl eating ice cream, and then they die later that night. I'm going to find that little sh*t, she's causing me so much paperwork."
From user Jesspandapants:
"I'm an RN and while I was a student I was caring for a lady who had end-stage renal failure, had a DNAR (do not attempt resuscitation) and was shutting down. We were having a little chat when she stopped, looked over my shoulder and said 'Bill's here love, I've got to go,' and swiftly stopped breathing. Read her old notes and Bill was her deceased husband."
From user RNWaitress:
"About two years ago we treated patients during a fungal meningitis outbreak. Our acute care floor has a census of 20. During this, at least 10-15 were meningitis patients, age ranging from twenties to nineties. There are no shared rooms and all the patients were in isolation, no contact with one another. Many of them had the same hallucinations, children in the corners of their rooms and auditory hallucinations of religious music."