This is the heart-warming moment ambulance workers took a palliative care patient to the beach, while still in her hospital bed, to fulfil her dying wish.
The Queensland Ambulance Service posted a photo of a paramedic called Graeme standing beside a woman in a hospital bed overlooking the water at Hervey Bay, a coastal city in Queensland.
Hervey Bay Officer in Charge Helen Donaldson said the woman’s dying wish was to visit the beach again.
This is the heart-warming moment ambulance workers took a palliative care patient to the beach, while still in her hospital bed, to fulfil her dying wish
‘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,’ she said.
‘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.’
Ms Donaldson thanked paramedics Graeme and Danielle for their ‘great work’.
The post has garnered an overwhelming amount of attention, attracting more than 18,000 likes and another 5,000 comments in five hours.
Ms Donaldson thanked paramedics Graeme and Danielle for their ‘great work’
The post was also littered with comments in support of the ‘beautiful’ gesture.
‘What a beautiful yet sad story but one that highlights everything good about our community,’ one woman said.
‘Oh my goodness what an incredible gift you gave this patient. Has warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes – so incredibly proud,’ a second said.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday, QAS’ spokesman Michael Augustus said the service was ‘blown away by the response’.
‘It’s so lovely that a really simple act of kindness, something that the paramedics just did, made this lady’s day,’ Mr Augustus said.
‘It cost them nothing but five minutes of their time.
‘These paramedics certainly deserve some recognition, but we’ve just been gobsmacked by the support.’