Two years ago, a photo hit Facebook, 7 likes and 2 reposts within a few hours.In the photo, a man is standing next to a simple hospital bed with pillows raised high, looking in the direction of the sea.Why is this picture, which doesn't look beautiful, so hot?The man in the photo is Graeme Cooper. He is a paramedic at the Queensland Emergency Center in Australia. Lying on the hospital bed is an old grandmother whose life is about to end.On the same day, Cooper and his colleagues received an assignment to take an old man from his home to the hospice center of the hospital.Everyone knows what this means. In the hospice care center, the elderly will quietly wait for the end of life.On the ambulance going to the hospital, when passing a beach, the old lady mentioned how much she loves this beach. 50 years ago, she and her husband bought a house nearby because they liked this beach and lived there. lifetime.
Hearing what the old woman said, Cooper was moved, so he asked the old woman:How about we go to the beach to see?The other paramedics and the driver in the car also agreed to the proposal, so they turned around and drove to a beautiful beach—Hervey Bay.After reaching the shore, Cooper and his colleagues carefully pushed the grandmother's bed to the edge of the beach to help her raise the pillow so that she could see better.Seeing the sea, the old grandma was as happy as a child, and she shed tears.
If it weren't for the many rocks on the shore, I would take her closer, but I think I can still get some water up and let her feel the feeling of touching the water one last time.
Cooper took a plastic bag from the ambulance, crossed the rocks, climbed to the beach, filled a bag of sea water, and brought it back to the grandmother.
When she put her hand in the bag and turned it slowly, I held her wrist, she raised her hand and put a finger in her mouth.At that time, she had very difficulty swallowing, but she still tasted the taste of sea water.
Later in an interview with the media, Cooper couldn't help crying when talking about this scene.
Then, the grandmother said it was too beautiful, and then slowly closed her eyes, without speaking for more than a minute.
But I clearly saw her chest trembling and her heartbeat speeding up.I asked her: "What do you think?"She said: "I am calm, nothing can be better."
A few minutes later, the grandmother opened her eyes and said to the nursing staff: Now I should go...A few days later, the old lady passed away peacefully in the hospice center.And this touching scene was captured by Cooper's colleague Danielle Kellam with his mobile phone and posted to the Queensland Emergency Center Facebook account.Unexpectedly, this photo was instantly turned crazy. In just a few hours, more than 2 people shared it, more than 7 people liked it, and it was reported by many international media.Later, the TV station interviewed Cooper and asked him why he did it.Cooper said:"I don't know why I did this, but we are also real people. We are just standing with the patient. These moments that make us feel connected to the patient's heart are actually extremely precious to me."Queensland Emergency Center also expressed appreciation for Cooper’s actions."Sometimes what you need is not drugs or training skills, sometimes all you need is empathy." A change brought about by a good deed Two years later, Cooper's story still touches many people, and more and more people leave messages on Facebook about similar experiences they have encountered.
A few years ago, a colleague and I encountered a similar situation. At that time we sent a dying patient home.She asked if she could take her to see the sea one last time, and we took her there.After watching the sea, we asked her if she wanted an ice cream. She giggled with joy and said yes.After a while, the ice cream that had not been licked fell to the ground. She died, lying there, still smiling, facing the last scenery she saw. We mourned for her for a few minutes.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine got married. On the wedding day, her mother fainted because of cancer.Later, an ambulance came, but instead of taking her to the hospital, the ambulance took her to the church, and took her to the wedding scene on a stretcher.At the last moment of her life, this mother witnessed her daughter's wedding with her own eyes, and a few days later, she passed away. The rescuers' kind deeds brought tears to everyone present.
Others suggested that this kind of charity should be promoted as a system:
In Europe, it is called the "last wish ambulance" and it is worth considering the promotion of this service. "Last Wish Ambulance" is to help dying patients to realize the wishes they have but cannot realize, such as going to the last concert, going to the beach for the last time, or seeing their favorite animal last time, etc. Our government officials can consider how to promote this practice.
Unexpectedly, such an appeal finally got a response after more than a year.Recently, the Queensland Government of Australia announced that inspired by this story, it will implement"Ambulance Wish Queensland" project (Ambulance Wish Queensland).The Queensland Government invested A$5 for this project as a start-up fund and allocated a professional ambulance.In addition, charitable organizations and citizens can donate materials and donations through the partner's hospice care center to help more people realize their last wishes.The Queensland Health Minister said that this project was inspired by Cooper's charity:"Almost every paramedic in the ambulance I met can tell a story like this. But many times, they have to do it secretly, or if they are too busy, they can't do it."This last-wish ambulance project hopes to create a sustainable condition for these charities.Although it was not until December 12st that the Last Wish Ambulance was officially opened for application, on July 1th, they had helped an old grandmother realize her wish.Betty Dowsett is 92 years old this year. She suffered from lung cancer, and she was sent to a hospice center for palliative care.Dowsett has been a gardener all her life. At the hospice center, her only wish is to go back to her garden and see her favorite chrysanthemums and carnations.She became the first target of the last-wish ambulance. The medical staff used a stretcher to send her to the ambulance and took her to her favorite botanical garden.I also bought her one of her favorite passion fruit ice cream.Although it seemed trivial, Dowsett's face was full of smiles.Although it is only a small wish, for a dying patient who cannot walk or even sit for a long time, even going out the door is already a luxury.If it were not for these charities and the efforts to institutionalize these charities, many patients like Dowsett might have died with the last regret. "No one should die with regret" Shyla Mills, CEO of Palliative Care Queensland (Palliative Care Queensland), said that the last-wish ambulance is also based on the Dutch nameAmbulance Wish Netherlands Foundation s project.This project has been implemented in the Netherlands for many years. It aims to use ambulances and medical resources to help dying patients and realize their final wishes.Although this is a public welfare organization in the Netherlands, the Last Will Project is open to people from all European countries.Any patient or family member in Europe, as long as they apply on the website, there will be staff to help them realize their final wishes.The funds and ambulances needed all come from social donations.From the homepage of their website, you can see that in the past few years, 12920 people have achieved their last wishes through this project.In fact, after receiving the application, the staff will not only help the patients realize their last wishes, but also provide them with psychological counseling to help them accept the reality of their imminent death, so that the patients and their families can calmly welcome the arrival of the last moment.At the same time, we will discuss, adjust, and arrange the way of fulfilling their wishes with patients and their families. Through this final "ceremony", let them bid farewell to others and their relatives.Therefore, in a sense, this project is not only helping patients who are about to die, but also helping relatives say goodbye to their families.These wishes may be simple, but for a person who is about to pass away, they are all very meaningful.Some of them want to go back to where they worked, the fire station, to see their former comrades in arms.Some people want to watch a game of their favorite team and say "Come on" to their favorite players.Some people want to go back to their farm and say goodbye to their beloved pony.Some people want to go to the aquarium to watch the show again.Some people want to attend their daughter's wedding before they die.No matter how big or small, the last wishes of these dying patients will be fulfilled one by one.In these photos, we can always see bright smiling faces.Such smiling faces make people forget in a daze. They are terminally ill patients who will soon be dead.The smiles on their faces also make people convinced that no matter how much effort and resources it takes to help them realize their last wish in this world, it is worth it.As the founder of Stichting Ambulance Wens said:"No one should die with regret."
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Death is inevitableBut how to face deathFacing the departure of loved onesBut there are different optionsTreat those who are about to leave with kindnesslet us knowthis worldIt's warm after all– End –