Paramedics grant terminally ill woman's wish to visit the beach one last time

Australian ambulance crew applauded for helping dying patient enjoy sea views at Hervey Bay

Paramedics give terminally-ill woman final beach visit
(Image credit: Queensland Ambulance Service)

A terminally ill woman who dreamt of seeing the sea for a final time had her wish granted by an ambulance crew.

The unnamed woman was being transported home from hospital in the Hervey Bay area of eastern Queensland, Australia, after receiving palliative care when she told paramedics of her dream to visit the beach again.

“It was basically going to be her last journey back to her house where she was basically going to pass away,” paramedic Graeme Cooper told the ABC.

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“She was saying how she moved to Hervey Bay with her husband on the spur of the moment and they've been here ever since.”

He and colleague Danielle Kellan decided to go out of their way to grant her wish, parking the ambulance off a stretch of road overlooking the bay and bringing the patient out to enjoy the view.

“The crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity,” Queensland Ambulance Service said in a Facebook post. “Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy.”

“I said to the patient, 'what are you thinking?',” Cooper said. “She was looking out towards Fraser Island and she said, ‘I'm at peace, everything's right'.”

A photo taken by a team member showing the unnamed patient looking out across the water, with Cooper by her side was uploaded to the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Facebook page, alongside a caption explaining the touching story behind the image.

Since being uploaded early this morning the post has been liked by 36,000 people and shared more than 11,000 times, with many users congratulating the ambulance crew on trying to bring happiness to a dying patient.

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