The sight of a calm and serene sea can be quite soothing for many, and one terminally ill woman requested to witness its tranquility for the last time.
A touching image shared by the Queensland Ambulance Service on Facebook has warmed the hearts of netizens, as it featured a paramedic standing side by side with a dying patient enjoying the view of Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia.
According to the post by the officer in charge of Hervey Bay, Helen Donaldson, ambulance officers Graeme and Danielle were supposed to deliver an unnamed terminally ill patient to her home, where she was going to pass away.
But instead of their supposed route, the group went on a detour to the beach after the woman asked to view the ocean before she dies.
“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,” the post, which has since been shared over 18,000 times, read.
“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!”
Meanwhile, Graeme, one of the paramedics, spoke to ABC News about the touching scenario.
“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 told the news outlet.
“She said she loved the esplanade and the beach and we said, ‘Well, do you want us to take you down by the esplanade and pop you out of the truck and give you a look at the ocean?'” /ra