Kind wizards: Dutch volunteers fulfill the last wishes of terminally ill peopleBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/kind-wizards-dutch-volunteers-fulfill-the-last-wishes-of-terminally-ill-people
Recently, a couple of terminally ill pensioners saw snow. This was their last wish, which was fulfilled by a former ambulance worker with his team. 60-year-old Kees Veldboer founded a charity organization that gives dying patients a chance to leave the hospital walls and go to their favorite place for the last time in their lives. A Dutch volunteer has helped fulfill the wishes of 14,000 people already doomed to death. Learn about the work of good magicians from our material.An unusual idea came to Kisu when he worked as an ambulance driver. In 2006, he happened to transport a terminally ill man from one hospital to another. Since they had a delay, the medic asked the patient, Mario Stefanutto, where he would like to go. The former sailor wanted to see the port of Rotterdam for the last time. Kitty did his will and even organized a boat trip, despite the fact that the patient was lying on a stretcher.
A year later, the paramedic, together with his 61-year-old wife Ineke, also a nurse, organized an "Ambulance for the fulfillment of wishes" ("Stichting Ambulance Wens"). Volunteering has become their main occupation. Keys has worked as an ambulance driver for more than 20 years.
Every day, volunteers help six terminally ill people fulfill their last wishes. The best reward for them is the happiness of the patients.
Former doctors carry patients for tens of kilometers, and sometimes even go with them to other countries.
The most memorable case from Kisa's practice was the story of a woman who spent several months in a hospital bed. When she was diagnosed with a fatal diagnosis, the patient was transferred to a hospice. The only thing she wanted was to see her home one last time. The volunteers fulfilled her wish. The woman just stood in the middle of the house for an hour, looking at everything around and silently indulging in memories. She died two days later.
The "Wish Fulfillment Ambulance" is trying to make all dreams come true, despite the fact that they can be very unusual.
One of the most popular desires is to see your favorite painting for the last time.Volunteers organize trips to the museum in the evening when it closes for the main visitors. There, patients can enjoy art to their heart's content.
One of the last trips was to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where the patient was able to visit an exhibition of Rembrandt's paintings.
Kis gave two football fans the opportunity to attend the game of their favorite team "Agex" for the last time.
The terminally ill old woman was able to see her newborn great-grandson.
Another patient attended her grandson's wedding.
Volunteers took the man to the auto show in Rosmalen.
The "Wish fulfillment ambulance" makes it possible to realize dreams that the relatives of the patient cannot fulfill. In most cases, patients are not walking and are tied to a stretcher, so their loved ones cannot transport them in a regular car.
In addition, terminally ill patients need constant medical monitoring. The organization consists of 270 volunteers with medical education — it may be needed if an emergency situation arises.Keys and his team help not only patients, but also their families and friends. The volunteers know that they cannot heal the terminally ill, but they make their last days happy. The good magic of the Dutch volunteers is admirable.
Some people are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of a dream. Explorer Henry Worsley died after trying to cross Antarctica alone.