Oct 12, 2020

A dying wish is granted as four generations come together

Born in 1929 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 91 year old Naomi Puf is the matriarch of her family. With five children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, her family is spread across Sri Lanka, Australia, the UK and Germany. 

Living in palliative care, the retired professional dancer, world traveler and passionate cook had expressed that her last wish is to be surrounded by those who mean the most to her. When Ambulance Wish Queensland heard about Naomi’s story, they decided to help make her wishes come true. 

“Naomi is an incredible woman. Someone who has lived life to the full, who made every second count,” said Jason Dingli, Ambulance Wish Queensland’s Wish Coordinator.

“In Sri Lankan culture, family is hugely important, so as soon as we received a referral from St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane regarding Naomi’s wish, we did everything we could to make it come true.”

With four generations gathered, Naomi got to meet the newest edition to her family, three week old Ezra. Spending time at their family home, with Naomi’s daughter, granddaughter and great grandson, the family were able to create new memories together that they will cherish forever. 

“For our team to see four generations of a family share a special moment is something that we are very fortunate to be a part of, and is a reminder to everyone about how precious it is to share time with those we love,” said Mr Dingli.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles commended the important work done by Ambulance Wish Queensland to help brighten the days of people living in palliative care. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the work Ambulance Wish Queensland does is very special.

“Terminally ill Queenslanders are able to achieve wishes they would otherwise be unable to complete, thanks to the wonderful Ambulance Wish Queensland team,” Mr Miles said.

“How wonderful is it that Naomi will get to spend time, surrounded by her family, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“The wonderful volunteers helping make this happen are truly one of a kind health heroes, and I want to thank them and Palliative Care Queensland for the important, invaluable work they do.”

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