WATCH: Terminally ill man gets his wish, to stop for ice cream
A pair of patient transfer attendants in Saskatchewan made a dying man's wish come true with a simple stop for ice cream.
Donn Hale had stage four brain cancer. He had been in the Regina General Hospital since April 19, and earlier this month was being transferred to hospice care.
The 72-year-old's daughter, April, would bring him ice cream every day while he was in the hospital, but on the day of the transfer she wasn't able.
So the attendants took Hale for ice cream.
"April looks at me and goes, 'So you'll go anywhere?' I'm like, 'Yeah, where do you want go?'" said patient transfer attendant Brad Tice in an interview with CTV Regina. "She goes, 'Do you want to go to Milky Way for ice cream?'"
Tice and his partner, Eric Taylor, even went a step further.
Instead of just stopping the ambulance and letting April get out, the pair unloaded Donn so he could enjoy the full experience.
"We unload the back, wheel him in a stretcher right up to the window," said Tice. "He got this big sundae with Skor chips, and I'm sitting with my ice cream cone a little jealous of what he's got."
Because patient transfers like this aren't an emergency, the Saskatchewan Patient Transfer Service finds itself granting many of these final destination wishes.
"They were so kind, gentle, and treated my dad with such respect," April said.
"I shook [Hale's] hand and told him it was an absolute honour to meet him and he goes, 'This was the best day ever'" said Tice.
Hale died a week later.