Kindhearted paramedics grant terminally ill man his dying wish by reuniting him with his wife in her nursing home so they could hold hands one last time
- Terminally-ill man reunited with his wife in a nursing home for final goodbye
- Danny Rowland taken to hospital last weekend due to equipment complications
- Paramedics overheard him saying he wanted to see his wife Shirley one last time
- Made brief detour at nursing home to allow him to see and hold his wife’s hand
The family of a terminally-ill elderly man have hailed paramedics as ‘absolute angels’ after they granted his dying wish to be able to hold his beloved wife’s hand one last time and say a final goodbye.
Danny Rowland, from Queensland’s Fraser Coast, was nearing the end of a hard-fought cancer battle and was planning to die at home surrounded by loved ones.
He had accepted long ago that his wife Shirley wouldn’t by his side in his final moments, and that he would never see her again as she was in a nursing home.
But a heartwarming gesture from paramedics ensured Mr Rowland saw his wife one last time last weekend after he was rushed to hospital due to complications with his equipment.
Queensland Ambulance’s heartwarming story of how paramedics Allan, Samantha and Joshua went above and beyond to grant Mr Rowland’s final wish has since gone viral online.
Danny Rowland got to see and hold the hand of his wife Shirley (pictured together) one last time last weekend. He died at home several days later
‘Facing the end of his battle with cancer, a courageous Danny took solace in the fact he was leaving on his terms; in his own home and surrounded by family,’ Queensland Ambulance Service posted.
‘Danny had accepted that a conversation months ago would serve as the final goodbye with the woman he shared his life with.’
Mr Rowland was apprehensive about being taken to hospital and had to be reassured by paramedics that they would bring him home as soon as the issue was resolved.
‘True to their word, Allan and Samantha were returning Danny home when they overheard his inability to see Shirley,’ the post continued.
‘Realising Shirley was close to their route home, the officers sought permission for a brief detour.’
They stopped at the nursing home so Mr Rowland could see his wife one more time and hold her hand after a lifetime of memories together.
Paramedics made a quick pit stop at a nursing home on the way to transporting Danny Rowland home so he could see his wife Shirley one more time
Heartwarming photos and footage show the couple lying in their hospital beds on the outdoor patio side by side and hand-in-hand as Mr Rowland chatted to his wife.
He died several days later, ‘comforted by the memory of holding his wife’s hand and a promise his love would last forever’.
Mr Rowland’s grieving son Ricky described the paramedics as ‘absolute angels’.
‘Dad got his treatment at the hospital and he said “where are we going now?” and I told him the ambulance is going to make a detour,’ he told Channel Seven’s Sunrise on Tuesday.
‘We’re going to go around and see mum and say hello and goodbye.’
‘It just meant the absolute world to him, he couldn’t believe it. He said “can they do that?” and I said “yeah dad, they’re ambulance people.
‘They are absolute angels.’
Paramedic Samantha (left) helped make the reunion possible. She’s pictured with Mr Rowland’s son Ricky
Paramedic Sam said she was proud to make Mr Rowland’s wish possible.
‘I figured if he (Danny) couldn’t go in there (Shirley’s nursing home) we had to bring her out to him. I went and had a chat to the nurse there and persuaded her and we pushed Shirley out on a bed,’ she said.
‘We did not break any rules, we just put them next to each other and they got to say, “I love you, goodbye”.’
The Queensland Ambulance post has since gone viral with almost 1,500 comments and more than 2,200 shares.
It’s not the first time Fraser Coast paramedics have fulfilled a dying patient final wish.
Two paramedics took a palliative care patient down to the beach at Hervey Bay in 2017 after hearing about the woman’s dying wish to see the waves one last time.
The latest kindhearted gesture comes almost four years after paramedics stopped at a beach in Hervey Bay so the patient could see the beach a final time