A photo of an Australian ambulance crew helping a dying woman fulfill her wish to see the ocean one last time is going viral.
The photo, which was posted on Facebook by the Queensland Ambulance Service, shows a paramedic standing next to the woman who is propped up in a stretcher. The two are facing away from the camera, looking down on the ocean.
"A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local Hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again," reads the photo's caption. "Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity -- tears were shed and the patient felt very happy."
The woman died a few days later, according to The Telegraph.
The photo was posted on Nov. 22 and had more than 72,000 reactions and more than 24,000 shares in five days.
Graeme Cooper, the paramedic in the photo, told Australia's News.com.au the woman was going to the hospital "basically to pass away."
"We popped her up on the hill where she could see the pier and Fraser Island and right through to Point Burrum and she was ecstatic with it all," he said.
Cooper said he would have taken the woman down to the water if it weren't for all the rocks in the way, so he had to settle for bringing her some water from the bay.
"She actually tasted the salt water," he said.
For Cooper, going the extra mile for patients is an important part of his job.
"In special cases where end of life stuff is going on ... the contact we have is our last contact ... [we want to] feel good about humans and people and the way they're treated and managed so they get a good feeling," he said.
"It's always someone else's father, mother, brother. If I lose my compassion I just won't be in the job," he continued. "We're very fortunate we're in the role we do ... if you're sensitive to your surroundings ... when a window of opportunity opens up, take it."
Danielle Kellan, the paramedic who took the photo, told New.com.au the photo "was the epitome of [Cooper]," who on other occasions has stopped to let patients feel the sun on their skin or smell flowers he picked for them.
"Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills," continued the photo caption on Facebook, "sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!"