Famous People's Cause of Death Florence Nightingale

About the famous nurse Florence Nightingale, biography, history and cause of death.



Born: May 12, 1820

Died: Aug. 13, 1910

Cause of Death: Old age

Physician's Notes: Known figuratively as "the Lady with the Lamp" and historically as the mother of modern nursing, she contracted almost every illness the Crimean War had to offer, including Crimean fever, dysentery, and rheumatism. In 1855 she came down with a fever and hovered on the brink of death for over two weeks. When the fever finally broke, she was emaciated and had lost all of her hair, but she refused to leave until the British were evacuated from Turkey in July, 1856. Constantly working to the point of exhaustion, she collapsed in August, 1857. This signaled the end of her physically active life. Though she was to live another 53 years, on Dec. 11, 1857, she was so sick that she gave directions for her funeral. On Christmas Eve, 1861, she took seriously ill again and was bedridden for six years. Her mind remained sharp and vigorous, but by 1889 she was too blind to read a newspaper. From 1896 until she died, she did not leave her bedroom. Her eyes failed completely in 1901, and her memory in 1906. By February, 1910, she could no longer speak. Around noon on Aug. 13, 1910, she fell asleep and never awoke.

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