Lena Dunham Surprises The Inspiring Nurse Who Helped Her Through Her Hospital Stay

"I think I didn't understand until this hospital stay that nurses are the real heroes of our society."

In an interview on The Ellen Show, Lena Dunham talks about being hospitalized for endometriosis, a disease that affects 176 million women worldwide. Symptoms, most commonly pelvic pain, usually occur during a woman's most productive years.

Dunham explains that she spent a total of 10 nights in the hospital and, along the way, developed a friendship with her nurse, Jonnella.

"She is just an angel. I think I didn't understand until this hospital stay that nurses are the real heroes of our society," Dunham says about her nurse. "She's completely given her life to taking care of other people. She would sit with me when I was sad, when I was homesick, when I was stressed about not being at work. She would make me laugh."

Dunham also adds that one time, when the actress was upset that she had two more days left in the hospital, Jonnella came up to her and said:

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"No more crying."

And just like that, Dunham felt comforted.

That said, Dunham's nurse is one of Ellen DeGeneres' biggest fans, so Dunham and DeGeneres decided to surprise her via FaceTime. DeGeneres then revealed that she would be flying Dunham's nurse out to see a taping of the show.

Be sure to check it out in the full video below:

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