Singing Janitor Makes Hospital Patients Smile | NBC Nightly News

Singing Janitor Makes Hospital Patients Smile | NBC Nightly News


HIS STORY.
♪♪
>>Reporter: YOU CAN’T HELP BUT GET SWEPT UP
IN THE LARGER THAN
LIFE PERSONALITY OF FREDDIE WIGGINS.
>>GIVE ME SOME LOVE.
>>Reporter: HIS THEME SONG SUMS IT UP BEST.
♪ I’VE GOT SUNSHINE ON
A CLOUDY DAY ♪ I ENJOY IT HERE.
>>Reporter: FREDDIE
HAS BEEN PUSHING A BROOM AT THE HOSPITAL
IN NASHVILLE FOR 37
YEARS. >>YOU CANNOT WALK
PAST HIM WITHOUT HIM
SAYING SOMETHING, DOING A FIST BUMP,
HEY, HOW YOU DOING.
>>THERE MUST BE A HUNDRED OF THOSE A
DAY.
>>OR MORE. >>Reporter: AND JUST
LIKE THE DOCTORS AND
NURSES HERE, HE DISPENCES CARE AND
COMPASSION.
>>PEOPLE DON’T REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAY.
PEOPLE DON’T REMEMBER
WHAT YOU DO. BUT THEY ALWAYS
REMEMBER THE WAY YOU
MAKE THEM FEEL. HEY, BABY, WHAT’S
GOING ON?
>>Reporter: MARY HAS BEEN A PATIENT HERE
FOR FOUR YEARS
BATTLING CANCER. >>PEOPLE LIKE ME NEED
LOTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
HE ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHTS WORDS FOR YOU.
HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S
DOING. >>Reporter: WHO
KNOWS, CATCHING THE
FREDDIE VIRUS JUST MIGHT BE THERAPEUTIC.
>>THERE’S SUCH A NEED
IN HEALTH CARE TO BE MORE THAN JUST
MEDICAL.
THAT WE’VE GOT TO BE MORE THAN THAT.
AND HE EMBRACES THAT.
>>Reporter: HIS MOP IS JUST A PROP.
WASHING AWAY THE
ANXIETY OF A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL.
>>WHAT DO YOU GET OUT
OF IT? >>WHAT I GET OUT OF
IT IS WHAT I GIVE
BACK. IF I GIVE HAPPINESS
THERE, I GET HAPPINESS
BACK ♪ MY GIRL ♪
>>Reporter: SHARING
HIS INFECTIOUS PERSONALITY TO SPREAD
A LITTLE JOY.
NOW, THAT’S GOOD MEDICINE.
>>SHOW ME SOME LOVE.


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