Paramedics in Australia granted a terminally ill woman her dying wish of going to the beach. The touching moment was shared on Facebook by the Queensland Ambulance Service. A photograph on the post shows a paramedic standing by the patient, who was able to see a beautiful coastal view of Hervey Bay from her gurney.
A crew was transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital when the woman made the request, the BBC reports. She said she wanted to "just be at the beach.”
“This story told to us by Helen Donaldson the Officer in charge of Hervey Bay is too good not to share,” the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Facebook post reads. “A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local Hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again.Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity – tears were shed and the patient felt very happy. Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!”
The post has been shared nearly 20,000 times as of Friday morning.
Jo Lorimer commented in support of the ambulance services in Australia: "A very close friend was getting married. On the day of her wedding her mother collapsed as she had terminal cancer. Instead of the ambulance taking her to hospital they went to the church and wheeled her into the church on a stretcher. She watched her daughter get married, she died a few days later."
[Photo: Facebook, Queensland Ambulance Service]