'Tears were shed' as paramedics fulfill dying woman's wish to see the beach

Credit: Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)

It was an emotional moment, as an Australian paramedic team helped grant a terminally ill patient her wish to see the beach one last time.

A moving photo posted by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) shows the patient on a stretcher overlooking the sea, taking in the placid scene.

Standing next to her is one of the paramedics who helped make this moment possible. 

The patient was being transferred to a palliative care unit at a local hospital when she expressed her desire to see the beach again, according to a Facebook post by the QAS.  

"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," the QAS said.

Since the ambulance service posted this story last Wednesday, it has gone viral, being shared more than 24,000 times.

The QAS praised medics Danielle Kellum and Graeme Cooper for doing their job with such care and compassion: 

"Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills - sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!"