Cancer patient’s final wish: hearing his favorite songs one last time

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MURRAY (ABC4 News) – 85 year old Osvaldo Silva is suffering from cancer and a recent fall down a flight of stairs left him paralyzed. His daughter Flavia Beare knows that he doesn’t have much time left…so she recently made one of his last wishes come true.

A single note on a piano – a request from a daughter to play the songs her father wants to hear one last time.

“We’re trying to focus on the positive and just spend the time that we have with him, cherishing him, loving him, doing the things that he would want done,” Flavia said.  

That note that led to thousands more on Friday when Osvaldo was brought to the lobby of Intermountain Medical Center, surrounded by family as his LDS Bishop Valdir Antunes played his favorite Brazilian and Frank Sinatra songs.

“Music is so special because it can touch the heart of the people who listen and bring them something, something good, something special,” Antunes said. “For me, so emotional. I try to play from the heart.”

Jenny Davis, Osvaldo’s caregiver was moved to tears.

“Seeing him get a little teary eyed made me teary eyed,” Davis said. “And just appreciate the value of life and what really matters and that’s family and the support we can give them.”

The melodies and the emotions touching Osvaldo’s relatives in the lobby and watching live from his native Brazil via cellphones. 

“So much love,” Flavia said. “I knew my Dad was liked and loved but it’s like I feel so much passion and so much compassion, care and love from all the friends and the family that we have here and caretakers. Just my heart is filled with love…My Dad is an amazing man and I don’t even have words to describe how much I love him and appreciate him for everything he’s done for me.” 

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