Dying man granted final wish to see his wife one last time

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A man with terminal cancer was granted his final wish to see his true love one more time days before he died. 

Danny Rowland had been fighting the hideous disease and planned to take his last breaths in his home in Torbanlea, in the Fraser Coast region of Queensland, surrounded by his family. 

But after 60 years of marriage, Mr Rowland did not have his wife Shirley by his side as she was being cared for in a nearby nursing home. 

Danny Rowland reaches out to his wife Shirley as they lay next to each other in a hospital bed.
Danny Rowland reaches for his wife Shirley. Source: QAS/Facebook

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) wrote in a Facebook post he had accepted a conversation with his wife months ago would be their final goodbye, however he was given the gift of seeing her one last time.

"Danny's final stand appeared to unravel last weekend when a complication occurred with some equipment used to treat him," QAS said.

"When no other solution could be found, paramedics Allan, Samantha and Joshua broke the news that Danny would have to be transported to hospital."

Man's touching final moment with wife

While Mr Rowland was apprehensive to leave his house, he was promised he could return home once the equipment was fixed. 

When the paramedics later transported him back home, they overheard Mr Rowland was unable to see Shirley.

However, after realising her nursing home was close to their route, the paramedics sought permission for a detour.

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"The end result was a touching moment the Rowland family and health staff won't soon forget, as Danny and Shirley spent a final moment together," QAS wrote.

"Danny sadly passed away several days later, comforted by the memory of holding his wife's hand and a promise his love would last forever – a missing piece put into place thanks to an act of compassion, patience and humanity."

'That's true love'

People on social media were touched by Mr Rowland's last moment with his wife and QAS' photos of the pair side by side in their hospital beds holding hands. 

"Now that's pure love, this is what life is all about," one said. 

"That's true love," another commented. 

"What a beautiful and touching story of human kindness compassion and love. Thank you QAS for making this happen. Condolences to their loved ones," a third added. 

In February, paramedics with the QAS were also praised over a simple gesture for a sick patient

Neil King shared a photo to Facebook of two paramedics with a patient in tow on a stretcher staring out to sea at the Cleveland Lighthouse, south of Brisbane. 

“So grateful to our frontline workers serving so kindly,” he wrote.

“The gesture was amazing but the kind words and lovely conversation they shared even more so.”

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