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Ambulance staff help elderly patient who feared he would never see his wife again

PUBLISHED: 21:55 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:55 27 March 2018

Two ambulance crew members went above and beyond to help an elderly patient who feared he would never see his wife again. Picture: Archant Library.

Two ambulance crew members went above and beyond to help an elderly patient who feared he would never see his wife again. Picture: Archant Library.

Two ambulance crew members went “above and beyond” to help an elderly patient who feared he would never see his wife again.

Staff at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) said they were called to transport the 92-year-old from his home to a hospice.

But he was concerned that he would not see his 90-year-old wife again as she was in another hospice and had dementia.

In a post on social media, one crew member said: “We both knew what needed to happen. We contacted control who, without question, allowed us to make a detour and reunite the couple for half-an-hour.

“He was elated. The moment he saw her he said: ‘Ahh, there is’, to which she replied: ‘Well where ‘av you been then?’.

“Thankfully, she immediately recognised him.”

The crew member said the couple sat together and hugged.

“So frail, but never stronger in love,” the crew member said. “We and they knew it may be the last time they had together.

“It was very emotional to watch, but enormously rewarding.

“Jobs like that make it so worthwhile.”

The EEAST said in a Twitter post that the story had come from one of its crews in Suffolk.

It said it demonstrated how its staff went “above and beyond” to reunite the patient.

No details were given about the location or date.


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