A photo of a paramedic and his patient is being hailed as a beautiful example of medical staff showing care and compassion to those in need.

Graeme Cooper of the Queensland Ambulance Service was taking a palliative patient to the hospital last month when he was asked by the dying woman if it was possible to let her see the ocean one more time.

Cooper and his crewmate Danielle Kellan were more than happy to oblige.

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The two paramedics took a detour through Harvey Bay, Queensland and carefully escorted the senior – stretcher and all – onto the beach for one last look.

“Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy,” says the ambulance service.

This was not the final time the pair would go the extra mile (literally). Cooper and Kellan later offered a second field trip to the beach so she could relive the moment. They even got her a bag full of ocean saltwater so she could dip her fingers in a bit of the sea.

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“Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!” says the Queensland Ambulance Service.

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