Paramedics stop by the beach to let a patient see the ocean

South African Paramedics took a moment while transporting an 84 year old man, to let him see the ocean, for what could be his last time.


Dirk Gunther (84) had not seen a beach in 35 years. While being transferred by ER24 paramedics from a hospital in Newcastle to another in Durban on Sunday, Gunther mentioned that he wished he could see the ocean as he had not in so many years.

Margery Meijerink, from ER24 Newcastle, said she would do her best to grant his wish. Unfortunately, the weather conditions on the day did not permit the trip.

She however did not leave it there.

Ms Meijerink spoke to ER24 Durban branch manager, Jannes Prinsloo, who gladly assisted her in granting Mr Gunther’s wish.

During the transfer back to Newcastle on Tuesday, Lucas Nzimande and Shaun Naidoo from ER24 Durban, stopped at the beach, allowing Mr Gunther to experience what he had not in so many years.

“Can we please give a huge round of applause to ER24 EMS who were under no obligation to do this kindness!”

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Paramedics stop by the beach to let a patient see the ocean

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