Paramedics in Australia Granted a Dying Man’s Wish to Eat a Sundae
The Facebook page of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) in Australia shared the touching story of how they granted Ron McCartney’s last wish before taking him to the hospital.
McCartney was suffering from pancreatic cancer for 17 years and hadn’t eaten in the last few days. “The officers asked Ron, if you could eat anything… what would it be?” said the QAS post. “To which Ron replied, a caramel sundae.”
Danielle Smith, his daughter, said that her father had died on Saturday in palliative care, following a 17-year fight with pancreatic cancer. The paramedics had been left “humbled and tinged with sadness” after receiving words of gratefulness from McCartney’s wife.
Last year, the ambulance service also fulfilled a patient’s wish to go to the beach for the last time. The post on Facebook mentioned how their gesture underlined “an often-unseen aspect of patient care; the caring”. It is gestures like these that remind us humanity is not dead and is very much alive.