As many Covid-19 victims die alone, Dutch paramedic grants wishes to the terminally ill

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As the coronavirus crisis spreads worldwide, thousands of people have been forced to die alone, forcibly separated from their broken-hearted families.

But Dutch ambulance driver Kees Veldboer, 60, who helped answer the dying wishes of more than 14,000 terminally ill patients, was able to continue his work despite his country’s imposition of a blockage.

The retired paramedic has been able to take hundreds of dying people on a last trip since the Netherlands imposed less stringent measures against coronaviruses than other European countries in March.

Mr. Veldboer, the founder of Stichting Ambulance Wens – the Ambulance Wish Foundation in English – leads patients to places where they would like to say goodbye.

Dutch ambulance driver Kees Veldboer, 60, who helped answer the dying wishes of more than 14,000 terminally ill patients, was able to continue his work despite the imposition by his country of a blockage. In the photo: a dying woman smiles beside a field of tulips

Dutch ambulance driver Kees Veldboer, 60, who helped answer the dying wishes of more than 14,000 terminally ill patients, was able to continue his work despite his country’s imposition of a blockage. In the photo: a dying woman smiles next to a field of tulips

The retired paramedic has been able to take hundreds of dying people on a last trip since the Netherlands imposed less stringent measures against coronaviruses than other European countries in March. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer recently took a dying man to say goodbye to his beloved horse

The retired paramedic has been able to take hundreds of dying people on a last trip since the Netherlands imposed less stringent measures against coronaviruses than other European countries in March. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer recently took a dying man to say goodbye to his beloved horse

Mr. Veldboer wor turned it into his full time job

With the help of his wife Ineke, 61, 61, Mr. Veldboer turned his good deeds into his full-time job

Among those he helped recently was a man who said goodbye to his horse, another man who saw his beloved boat one last time, and several patients whom he took to see fields of flowering tulips.

The Dutch government, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, has imposed what it called a “smart lock.”

Only companies that involve touching, such as hairdressers and beauticians, have been forced to cease trading in the country.

And while people have been asked to stay at home, exits are allowed as long as people stay at least 1.5 meters from each other.

This means that Mr. Veldboer can always take people to open spaces to meet their dying desires.

Mr. Veldboer said: “We are achieving our wishes, even now, with the Coronavirus. We are not completely blocked, so we are able to fulfill these wishes.

“We can go to open spaces, flower gardens, an empty zoo, a park, many people want to see the sea, it is not forbidden.

“As long as we go to open places and there aren’t many people around, just one or two with the patient, we are fine.

Veldboer added that later this week he was heading to southern Spain to retrieve a terminally ill Dutchman who was hospitalized in the country.

“He wanted to go back to the Netherlands with his family, but he is stuck in Spain and his family fears that he will die there alone, so we will help,” he said.

“The coronavirus is not going to stop us, no one will. “

Former paramedic Mr. Veldboer said:

Former paramedic Veldboer said, “The coronavirus is not going to stop us, no one will.” In the photo: a dying woman can see a field of tulips one last time with her young parent

Mr. Veldboer, the founder of Stichting Ambulance Wens - the Ambulance Wish Foundation in English - leads patients to places where they would like to say goodbye. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer also helped a man who wanted to see his boat

Mr. Veldboer, the founder of Stichting Ambulance Wens – the Ambulance Wish Foundation in English – leads patients to places where they would like to say goodbye. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer also helped a man who wanted to see his boat

Mr. Veldboer said: “We are achieving our wishes, even now, with the Coronavirus. We are not completely blocked, so we are able to fulfill these wishes. In the photo: another terminally ill woman was surrounded by beautiful flowers and a tree full of flowers

Mr. Veldboer said: “We are achieving our wishes, even now, with the Coronavirus. We are not completely blocked, so we are able to fulfill these wishes. In the photo: another terminally ill woman was surrounded by beautiful flowers and a tree full of flowers

The retired paramedic got the idea of ​​his job when he transferred a terminally ill patient to another hospital.

When delayed in the trip, he asked the patient where he would like to go and they replied that they would like to see the port of Rotterdam one last time.

Mr. Veldboer was even able to arrange for the man tied to the stretcher to sail.

The retired paramedic got the idea for his job when he transferred a terminally ill patient to another hospital. Pictured: a man was kept warm with a thick duvet while lying in bed next to a field of flowers and took photos

The retired paramedic got the idea of ​​his job when he transferred a terminally ill patient to another hospital. Pictured: a man was kept warm with a thick comforter while lying in bed next to a field of flowers and took photos

Although people have been advised to stay at home, exits are allowed as long as people stay at least 1.5 meters from each other. This means that Mr. Veldboer can always take people to open spaces to meet their dying desires. In the photo: another dying patient had a chance to go to an ice rink

Although people have been advised to stay at home, exits are allowed as long as people stay at least 1.5 meters from each other. This means that Mr. Veldboer can always take people to open spaces to meet their dying desires. In the photo: another dying patient was lucky enough to go to an ice rink

A year later, Mr. Veldboer founded his foundation and brought terminally ill people to weddings, museums, galleries, car shows, soccer games and stables, among others.

With the help of his wife Ineke, 61, Mr. Veldboer made it his full-time job.

The Netherlands recorded 37,845 cases of coronavirus, of which 4,475 people died.

Mr. Veldboer worked as a paramedic. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer also took this family and their dying to the beautiful Dutch countryside for a last visit

Mr. Veldboer worked as a paramedic. Pictured: Mr. Veldboer also took this family and their dying to the beautiful Dutch countryside for a last visit

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