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This is the photo showing how a dying woman being taken to a palliative care unit was given a detour by paramedics who wanted her to see the beach one final time.

Metro UK reports that the ambulance crew have been praised by thousands of people for going above and beyond after sharing the heartwarming story on social media.

Queensland Ambulance Service told the story of Danielle and Graeme, the medics who made the decision to divert their ambulance in Hervey Bay, Australia, to its Facebook followers.

'A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again,' the Facebook post read.

'Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity - tears were shed and the patient felt very happy.

'Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills - sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference.'

The ambulance crew's post gained more than 41,000 likes and over 12,000 shares on Facebook.

But something even more incredible took place in the comments section. People began sharing their own experiences and stories of ambulance crews and hospital staff going above and beyond.

Some of the heartwarming stories came from paramedics themselves, others from appreciative family members.

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