Australian Paramedics Grant Dying Man's Wish For A Sundae

"It was typical Ron. He'll never say no to a caramel sundae."

When paramedics Kate Hanafy and Hanna Hoswell from the Queensland Ambulance Service arrived to transfer Ron McCartney to palliative care, his wife, Sharon, mentioned that he'd barely eaten for two days. 

According to a Facebook post shared by the ambulance service, the paramedics asked the 72-year-old cancer patient, "If you could eat anything, what would it be?" He said he'd like a caramel sundae.


The paramedics fulfilled the dying man's request, asking for special permission from their headquarters to make the detour to McDonald's.

"It was typical Ron," his wife told ABC News Australia. "He'll never say no to a caramel sundae."

She and her daughter Danielle Smith also praised the paramedics for seeing Ron as a person and not "just a number." They wrote how such a simple act of getting a sundae made so much of a difference.

Smith also wrote on the ambulance service Facebook page commending the paramedics. "Thank you so very much to Hannah and Kate, Dad enjoyed this so much and was the last thing he was able to eat by himself." 

"Mum and I cannot thank QAS enough for all the help and compassion you have all given towards us each time we have had to call you ..."

The caramel sundae is a tender memory the family will have as McCartney passed away on September 1.

Others are taking to social media to share their stories about how simple gestures, especially something like giving a sick person their favorite food, can be so special.

(H/T: Mashable)

Cover Image via wirawan /Shutterstock


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