A dying couple was reunited in hospital during their last moments on earth in a touching move by kind-natured staff.
Ron Bilton, 89, and his wife Mary, 86, were moved from separate departments in the Hull Royal infirmary to be by each others sides for their final hours together, the BBC reports.
According to the publication, nurses at the British hospital had noticed Ron’s health was declining rapidly and knew it wouldn’t be long before he took his final breath.
So on the couple’s 66th wedding anniversary, staff transferred Mary from the cancer ward, nine floors up from her husband, who was suffering from multi-organ failure so they could be together one last time.
The two sat by each other’s sides and held hands as Ron sadly passed away. Mary died days later.
“We know it made a real difference to Mrs Bilton that she could be with him and she was able to sit in a wheelchair at the side of his bed holding his hand before he died,” Sister Rosie Featherstone told the BBC.
“We were all crying when Mr Bilton died but glad we could help them be together.”
The kind gesture by staff is reminiscent of the generous act by a team of Aussie paramedics earlier this year, who were praised for granting a dying patient his final wish.
Severely unwell and on the way to palliative care, the man’s final journey to hospital was made all that more sweet after the ambulance workers went out of their way to treat him to his favourite snack.
After learning from his wife Sharon that the Gold Coast man had barely eaten over the past two days, the Queensland Ambulance Service team asked the man “if he could eat anything, what would it be”? With a craving for ice cream, he simply replied “a caramel sundae” and with that his wish was granted.
Making a quick detour on their journey, the ambos stopped off at McDonald’s to purchase the treat and enjoy for the rest of the ride.
Last year, a team of ambos from Hervey Bay also went out of their way to make their patient more comfortable. On the way to the palliative care unit at the local hospital the crew made a detour to the beach at Hervey Bay where they wheeled her out and found a comfortable spot for her to take in the view.