Dying mum taken to beach in hospital bed so she can watch sunset one last time
- Mirror 19th Feb 2019 09:02:54 GMT +0300
This is the heart-breaking moment a dying mum was taken to the beach in her hospital bed so she could watch the sunset one last time.
Brave Carmen Leon de la Barra was joined by her doting husband, Antonio, as her final wish was fulfilled in Sydney, Australia, last week.
Lying under a blanket, surrounded by loved ones, she was pictured gazing out at the ocean in the southern suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands.
Her family had worked with kind-hearted New South Wales paramedics and a cancer charity to get her to the beach for a final time.
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And just two days later, Carmen died from bowel cancer.
The mother and grandmother, originally from Chile, had been receiving treatment in a palliative care unit before her death.
Daughter Tatiana Salloum told Australia's Daily Telegraph that her mother was "so happy" during her last trip out on Wednesday.
She said she managed to open her eyes and knew where she was.
The location was particularly special for Carmen because, for nearly 25 years, she and her husband had enjoyed beach walks there.
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They would stroll across the sand after finishing work each day.
Carmen, who first met her husband in Chile when she was just 10 and moved to Australia in the 1990s, was taken to the spot in her bed.
There, she was joined by Antonio and Tatiana, as well as her two other children, her children's partners, and her grandchildren.
Pictures show Antonio leaning over his wife's bed, with his hand gently covering hers, after they arrived at the shore front.
It was two days later, on Friday night, that Carmen died after courageously battling her disease, the Cairns Post
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As well as Dreams2Live4 and NSW Ambulance paramedics, she had been supported by Mount Druitt Palliative Care and Blacktown Hospital.
On its website , Dreams2Live4 describes how living with cancer that has spread to other areas "can be an overwhelming and gruelling battle".
The charity, which works with hundreds of people "from all walks of life", every year, says it empowers patients "to dream and find purpose again".