From a young age,Nightingale was active in philanthropy, ministering to the ill and poor people in the village neighboring her family’s estate.
Nightingale received a letter from Secretary of War Sidney Herbert, asking her to organize a corps of nurses to tend to the sick and fallen soldiers in the Crimea.Soon she assembled a team of dozen nurses and moved with them.
Although they had been warned of the horrid conditions there, nothing could have prepared Nightingale and her nurses for what they saw when they arrived at Scutari, the British base hospital in Constantinople.As the number of soldiers were continuously increasing due to infection of typhoid and cholera.
Nightingale herself spent every single minute caring for the soldiers. In the evenings she moved through the dark hallways carrying a lamp while making her rounds, ministering to patient after patient. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her “the Lady with the Lamp.” Others simply called her “the Angel of the Crimea.”
As a result,Her work reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds.
While at Scutari, Nightingale had contracted the bacterial infection brucellosis, also known as Crimean fever, and would never fully recover. By the time she was 38 years old, she was homebound and routinely bedridden, and would be so for the remainder of her long life. Fiercely determined and dedicated as ever to improving health care and alleviating patients’ suffering, Nightingale continued her work from her bed.
Throughout the U.S. Civil War, she was frequently consulted about how to best manage field hospitals. Nightingale also served as an authority on public sanitation issues in India for both the military and civilians.
she was conferred the Order of Merit by King Edward, and received the Freedom of the City of London the following year.She became the first women to receive the honor.
She passed away in 1910 after giving hard fight to the disease.
“The most valuable commodity in Life is the feeling you get when you give.Compassion is the currency that leads to true wealth”