A daughter has thanked paramedics for going above and beyond while caring for her dying father, and their act of kindness was simple but very sweet. They tracked down his favorite snack, a caramel sundae.
Danielle Smith, who lives in Queensland, Australia, said paramedics Hannah and Kate asked her father, “If you could eat anything, what would it be?” after learning he’d barely eaten for two days.
Ron McCartney, 72, had advanced pancreatic cancer and was treated to the McDonald’s sundae while in the ambulance on his final trip to hospital for palliative care. He died on Saturday morning.
Danielle’s mom, Sharon McCartney, also contacted the ambulance service to share her gratitude.
In a Facebook post, Queensland Ambulance Service said, “We have been left humbled and tinged with sadness after receiving a message of gratitude that underlines an often-unseen aspect of patient care; the caring. Sharon’s recent message emphasized the enjoyment Ron received from such a simple action and thanked paramedics for the swift and high level of care and compassion shown to him on both this occasion, and their previous interactions over the last few months as well.”
QAS has previously been praised for going above and beyond the call of duty when delivering end of life care. Last year, paramedics took a patient to Queensland’s Hervey Bay on her way to a local palliative care unit when she said her dying wish was to see the beach one last time.
Way to go, team. You’re setting an example of love and kindness that we should ALL embrace… ~ Jason