The Man Whose Happiness is Contagious

Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you happen to walk through Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. and pass Eugene Taylor, you’ll know it. You might start out thinking there’s a bird chirping, but you’ll quickly realize it’s Eugene spreading a little sunshine as he passes by. It’s like a aura of happiness that draws people in, whether by song, ambient sound effects, melodic drumming or simply his infectious smile. Eugene’s been singing since a he was a wee lad, and added playing the African djembe drums about a decade ago. Those talents along with a myriad of other percussion innovations make him on a one-man traveling band.

Eugene’s official job title is Radiology Transport, and he transports patients back and forth from their rooms to get an X-ray or ultrasound. But the real transporting happens in their mood, as his countenance lifts even the lowest of spirits to a higher place. Some smile, some cry, some laugh and in most cases a combination of all three emotions are released.

I dare you to watch this video and not smile!

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