Singing nurse at Prattville Baptist

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A beautiful day in the midst of rain and gloom in Prattville. Sandra Mattingly is known as the 'singing nurse' at Prattville Baptist Hospital.

"What a beautiful day, He put you in my life, what a beautiful day," said Mattingly.

Many here believe Sandra Mattingly is a walking angel, dispensing a warm touch and a song from the heart.

"She made me feel better," said Verna Winfree.

"My mother taught us to sing at the time at home. She had polio," said Mattingly.

Sandra Mattingly started her career as a nurse in 1990 but it wasn't until a few years ago when she suddenly felt the urge to sing.

"I think the Lord did it. I make up songs, sometimes I came in a room one day and I looked down and said it's a beautiful day," said Mattingly.

And Mattingly will never forget the patient who was close to death.

"After I sang that song, she lost that fear in eyes. She had a peacefulness about her. Music can do wonders. I realize I can do more than nursing," Mattingly said.

The song that's captured the hearts at Prattville Baptist is the one called 'Just One Day.' Mattingly is actually featured in a commercial for Prattville Baptist. Before singing it on this day, Mattingly describes the meaning behind the lyrics to Jayne Garrett who is suffering from Alzheimer's.

"It talks about how important today is. We need to give our worries and fears over to Him," Mattingly tells Garrett.

From God to 911, two themes wrapped up in 'Just One Day.'

"Just one day life could change, nothing is the same," Mattingly sings again to Garrett.

A singing nurse who has never had any voice lessons. A divine gift from above, one that moved Garrett's husband Jack of 11 years.

"She was fantastic," Jack Garrett said with tears in his eyes.

"I don't know when I am going to sing. It just comes and it's always the right person," said Mattingly.

"I want to be remembered as a person who touched your heart and helped you get better spiritually," said Mattingly.

Mattingly estimates she sings to about a dozen patients everyday at Prattville Baptist.

There is no doubt Sandra Mattingly will be remembered as someone who IS making a difference, singing songs of peace to the sick.

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