WATCH: Lionel Richie surprises LI nurse on live TV to say thanks for her work

David Caplan
May 11, 2020 - 1:44 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center who has been treating coronavirus patients for weeks, got the surprise of her life Monday morning on "Good Morning America." 

Dr. Nathalie Douge is a Lionel Richie superfan, so producers knew exactly how to show the city's appreciation for her work.

Douge described her work to correspondent T.J. Holmes during a Zoom interview as an "emotional rollercoaster," adding "even some of the patients that had mild symptoms, still thought it was an automatic death sentence."

That's when Holmes said his producers discovered she's a "rabid" Richie fan.

"Wouldn't it be cool if he could say 'hello,'" Holmes said, in an obvious nod to Richie's song "Hello."

Then, Richie joined the Zoom.

"Oh my God," Dough exclaimed.

Richie shot back, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?"

Dough said, "No one is going to believe this."

"You've got the best proof ever," said Richie. "It's called national television!"