In the end, it’s the little things that matter.
Ambulance officers from Hervey Bay, Australia took a terminally ill patient to see the beach for one final time, in a heartbreaking photo shared on the Queensland Ambulance Service Facebook page on Wednesday.
“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,” the post reads.
“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. Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills — sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!”
One of the ambulance members who took the patient to the beach, Graeme Cooper, told ABC News it was the patient’s last trip back to her house, where she would pass away.
“She was saying how she moved to Hervey Bay with her husband on the spur of the moment and they’ve been here ever since,” he told the news outlet.
“She said she loved the esplanade and the beach and we said, ‘Well, do you want us to take you down by the esplanade and pop you out of the truck and give you a look at the ocean?'”