Australian paramedics grant dying patient's wish to see the ocean one last time
A dying patient in Queensland, Australia, was granted her final wish to see the ocean one last time.
The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) shared a photo of the event on their Facebook page Wednesday, which has since gone viral.
Two paramedics were transporting the palliative care patient to a local hospital last week when she expressed her desire to be near the ocean before she died -- and the medics made it happen.
“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,” QAS said in a Facebook post.
According to the Courier Mail, one paramedic even filled a vomit bag with water from the ocean so that the 70-year-old patient could place her hand into it and feel the ocean.
“I thought if all these rocks weren’t here I’d get down into my jocks and take you into the ocean … and I would have … however, I thought the next best thing was I can get some ocean and bring it to her,” the paramedic told the outlet. “She actually tasted the salt water.”
In a follow-up post, the Commissioner of QAS, Russell Bowes, praised the two employees for their compassion.
“Being highly skilled to save lives with medical intervention and drugs is important, but equally to the service is empathy and compassion,” Bowes wrote. “We are so lucky that our staff around the State value and practice the importance of both.”