Queensland paramedics have granted a terminally ill woman in Australia her last wish to go to the beach. The moment that was shared on social media by the Queensland Ambulance Service shows a paramedic standing next to the woman on her hospital bed.
The woman told the Queensland emergency service workers that she wanted to see the beach one last time before entering hospice care at a hospital, and they did not hesitate to take her into the waters of Hervey Bay.
Queensland local Neil King, who was passing by, uploaded an image of the paramedics performing the kind gesture onto the Kindness Pandemic Facebook group a few days ago.
Mr. King was at the Cleveland Point Lighthouse when he captured the event in a picture, as he said that he was moved to see the medical professionals wheeling the patient on their bed to the water’s edge.
“Lovely watching the amazing paramedics bringing an obviously not well patient to the point for a visit on her way to the hospital,”said Mr. King in the post.
This gesture went viral on social media and people were moved and praised healthcare workers especially for their work during the pandemic.
It seems like a part of the culture in Australia. In 2018 Perth, paramedics did a similar action with a terminal cancer patient, granting his wish to visit the coast one last time, they even went a little further and made the old man touch the water and feel the sand on his feet.
Many have congratulated the paramedics, leaving words such as: “Dignity is one of the last things you can give to a person at the end of their life journey, this was dignity personified by the crew, thank you for giving me faith that there are still human beings who truly care and give love for their fellow humans.”
We couldn’t agree more.