Ambo’s grant grandmother’s dying wish to visit the beach one last time

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Michelle's children, Alex, Victoria, Sebastian, and Charlotte, were with her on her final visit. Source: Twitter - Ambulance Victoria

A caring team of paramedics have been praised after they granted a dying gran’s final wish, to visit the beach with her children one last time.

Just days before she passed away, Michelle, from Shepparton in Victoria’s northeast, was taken to one of her favourite places in the world, thanks to the dedicated Ambulance Victoria crew and Mordialloc Life Saving Club.

Instead of spending her final days indoors, the loving mother, who was suffering from breast cancer, was transported to the beach to soak up some last rays of sunshine and take in the view she has enjoyed many times over the years. Her children, Alex, Victoria, Sebastian, and Charlotte, were with her on her final visit.

In a tear-jerking post, shared on Facebook by Ambulance Victoria, they wrote: “Today we share the bittersweet story of Michelle’s final visit to one of her favourite destinations — the beach.”

Sadly, the 54-year-old grandmother passed away on Tuesday 26 February after a long fight with breast cancer, which had recently spread throughout her body.

Alex has described the final visit as bittersweet: “We wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity to take mum to the beach one final time. It has made us feel so thoroughly supported.

“It’s a really awful thing seeing someone in a palliative environment, and this gave Mum the opportunity to be a person again, a person that does the things that they like to do as opposed to being a sick person that has to be in hospital. It gave her the chance to feel like she was just someone doing what they wanted to do on a normal afternoon.”

The post, which was published on social media on Saturday, received a slew of comments praising the paramedics for carrying out Michelle’s last wish.

“Such a beautiful story of love compassion, kindness and caring,” one commentator wrote.

Another added: “Well done Ambulance Victoria for seeing Michelle as a human being and not just a patient. A very compassionate act.”

This isn’t the first time Australian paramedics have gone out of their way to make a person’s final moments easier. Back in 2017, Hervey Bay paramedics Danielle and Graeme were praised for taking one of their patients to see the ocean one last time.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) shared a photo on their Facebook page at the time, showing Graeme looking out over the ocean next to a trolley bed that was propped up so his palliative care patient could look out over the water one last time.

What do you think of this special moment? Have you had a family member in palliative care?

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