Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Australian ambulance crew makes wish come true

Australian ambulance crew makes wish come true

An Australian ambulance crew carrying a dying woman to hospital took a detour to grant her final wish - to visit the beach one last time.

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) then fulfilled her wish by taking her to the Queensland's Hervey Bay, north of the Sunshine Coast and the picture of her sitting near the ocean on a wheelchair was posted on the ambulance service's Facebook page where it went viral.

The patient told paramedic Graeme Cooper that she'd moved to the area with her husband years ago, an he suggested that they "pop out of the truck" and give her a look at the ocean.

Hervey Bay officer-in-charge Helen Donaldson said a crew was transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital when the woman wished out loud that she could "just be at the beach" instead.

In the facebook post the Queensland Ambulance Service wrote: '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.

Cooper told ABC that since the woman was on a stretcher and not able to get to the water herself, he scooped some into a bag for her.

It has been shared more than 14,000 times and been liked by more than 28,000 Facebook users.

"We said, "how about that beach run again?' and she said, 'oh could we?' and we said 'absolutely"."

"She actually tasted the salt water".

Kellan has shared that when she asked the patient about what was she was thinking, she replied that she was at peace and "everything's right".

"I can't describe the feeling when you're in the situations with people", he further said.

In the comments section underneath the post, few other paramedics talked about their own similar experiences.

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