Terminally ill patient gets dying wish to see the ocean

Frederick Owens
November 26, 2017

So, the woman was taken to the ocean and there she and the paramedic watched the waves before transporting her to the local hospital.

The patient was being transported to a palliative care unit in Queensland when she expressed that "she just wished she could be at the beach again", Queensland Ambulance Services posted on Facebook.

An ambulance crew transporting a terminally ill woman to a local hospital on Australia's east coast week took a small diversion to a nearby beach after the woman said she wanted to see the ocean, perhaps for the last time.

The beach and the town's esplanade had been the woman's and her late husband's favorite parts of living in Hervey Bay.

"Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy", the post said.

The post has been shared almost 20,000 times as of Friday morning.

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Mr Cooper then cried describing the patient's reaction to being taken to the beach. After her photo was posted online on Facebook, it rapidly spread, shared over 19,000 times in 36 hours, with over 59,000 "likes". After going the beach and opening the rear door, we asked her if would like an ice cream, to which she replied yes with a giggle of delight.

He also put some sand and ocean water in a motion sickness bag, so the patient could not only see the ocean, but put her hand in the bag and feel it one more time, too.

"When she had her hand in the water and swirling it around I had contact with her hand".

The story melted hearts on Facebook as people congratulated the team and shared similar stories of empathy.

The patient told them she was at peace, and that everything was "right".

While palliative care unites often go above and beyond to make patients and their families comfortable, it can be hard for those in care spending their final days away from their home and their normal environment.

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