WATCH: Gold Coast paramedics treat palliative care patient to ice cream on final journey to hospital

Two Gold Coast paramedics have been praised for their kindness and compassion on social media, after going above and beyond for a terminally ill patient.

Paramedics Kate Hanafy and Hanna Hoswell were called to Sharon and Ron McCartney’s home last week to transport Mr McCartney to palliative care.

When Sharon mentioned that her 72-year-old husband had barely eaten for two days, the paramedics asked him if he could eat anything, what would it be?


“A caramel sundae,”  Mr McCartney said.

The officers then made a detour on the way to the hospital so Mr McCartney could enjoy his favourite dessert in the back of the ambulance.

A photo of Ron enjoying his caramel sundae was shared online by the Queensland Ambulance Service and has since gone viral.

Today, Mr McCartney’s family met Paramedics Kate Hanafy and Hanna Hoswell to say thank you for their kind gesture.

Watch the video below:

Sadly Mr McCartney died on Saturday in palliative care, following a 17-year fight with pancreatic cancer.

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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