The Queensland state government has announced it was dedicating an ambulance over to granting dying wishes of terminally ill patients, such as visiting their children, their grandchildren, or their pets, or visiting an art gallery or museum, or even the beach.
"Fulfilling the final wishes of people can be challenging as you could be transporting someone who can't walk, or sit in a chair, or who might require continuous oxygen or other medical appliances and support," Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said in a statement.
"With the Ambulance Wish Queensland programme, medically trained volunteers, adapted ambulances, and necessary equipment, will transport people to fulfil their wish successfully and safely," Miles added.
The Australian-first initiative is inspired by an Australian ambulance crew who took a dying woman to the beach on her way to hospital. In late 2017, ambulance officers in the northern state of Queensland took a detour on the way to hospital as a dying patient wanted to see the ocean one last time.
The touching gesture was captured by a photo showing a paramedic beside a stretcher facing the ocean at Hervey Bay, on Australia's northeast coast.