Helen Donaldson, a Queensland ambulance officer, had the task of taking a patient from their home into palliative care.
While we often associate paramedics screeching through the city to save the life of someone, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) showed a completely different side to their job.
One that doesn’t happen at a million miles an hour with sirens blaring, but parked near the ocean, just looking.
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Posting on their Facebook page, the QAS told the story of Helen and the patient who wanted to do something on last time.
“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,” they 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.”
People are now sharing some of the touching stories other ambulance officers have made for them, in critical times.
As the QAS pointed out, sometimes there is no medicine in the world that could save someone. But, a little bit of love never hurts.
“Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!”