When the dying patient, en route to palliative care for the last time, expressed a wish to “just be at the beach,” Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedic Graeme Cooper took action. He and partner Danielle Kellan drove the patient to Hervey Bay and wheeled her gurney out to a hilltop where she could see the beach.
“We popped her up on the hill where she could see the pier and Fraser Island and right through to Point Burrum and she was ecstatic with it all,” he said.
“I thought if all these rocks weren’t here I’d get down into my jocks and take you into the ocean … and I would have … however I thought the next best thing was I can get some ocean and bring it to her.
“She actually tasted the salt water.”
Good on ya, Graeme and Danielle. Good on ya.