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Paramedic Grants Dying Patient’s Last Wish to Visit the Beach

My heart was touched by an exceptional story that I wanted to share. It’s about compassion shown by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Queensland is a northern state of Australia that boasts of an abundance of sunny tropical weather. The picturesque beaches comprise from soft sand bordering the water’s edge to high rocky edges giving anyone great ocean views. All types of water sports are enjoyed here, along with walking along the sandy shore. Queensland is also home to the natural wonder The Great Barrier Reef. Tourists and people living locally here create such wonderful memories.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is a health care service responsible for the state of Queensland. QAS care to the community is the delivery of pre-hospital ambulance response services, emergency, non-emergency, pre-hospital patient care and transport services, inter-facility ambulance transport, casualty room services and planning, and the coordination of multi-casualty incidents and disasters.

Danielle, who took the photo, said she was privileged to be able to accommodate the woman's request. (Image: Courtesy: Queensland Ambulance Service)
Danielle, who took the photo, said she was privileged to be able to accommodate the woman’s request. (Image: Courtesy: Queensland Ambulance Service)

An ambulance crew was sent out to collect a patient and to deliver her to palliative care unit of the local hospital at Hervey Bay. On arrival, the patient requested that she just wished she could be at the beach again. Helen Donaldson, an Ambulance Officer at Hervey Bay, said: “Sometimes, it’s not the drugs/training skills; sometimes, all you need is empathy to make a difference.” Recalling the events, ambulance paramedic Graeme Cooper said:

The next trip to the palliative care unit would be the patient’s last as she was going to pass away in hospital. The ambulance paramedics, Danielle Kellan and Graeme Cooper, knew the patient from previous trips, and they understood what their patient needed, as Graeme recounts:

Graeme used the woman’s vomit bag to scoop up some water and bring it to her, so she could put her arm in.

Danielle, who took the photo, said she was privileged to be able to accommodate the woman’s request. She said to the patient:

Danielle said the response from social media showed there were other similar stories of paramedics going above the call of duty for their patients:

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Trisha Haddock
My home is in a bush setting in the outer suburbs of the city Melbourne in Australia. I love walking through the bush and sitting on my back verandah watching the native birds. The Australian bushland gives me inspiration to create. I write, paint, draw and I dabble at some craft work. I am also often found in my veggie patch picking or planting my latest crop. Amongst all these activities I also follow a type of meditation practice called Falun Dafa. I incorporate the principles of Falun Dafa practice, truth compassion and tolerance in everything I do. I hope readers enjoy my interesting stories about our environment, gardening, people and places.

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