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A Last Goodbye

The Ambulance Wish Foundation is a Dutch organization that helps bedridden terminal patients take trips they would not otherwise be able to make. Patients ask to visit their grandchildren, see museums, old homes or workplaces, or places with good memories attached to them. The organization is getting worldwide attention for this photograph of a patient’s visit to the zoo.

The man, Mario (patient last name withheld), is a 54-year-old volunteer who worked with the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for years. He has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and had one wish: To say goodbye to the animals he had cared for.

The animals, especially this giraffe, were glad to see Mario, too. You can see more photographs and read more stories from the Ambulance Wish Foundation at their Facebook page.

(Image credit: Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland)

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