It took us a while for Abigail to walk from our hotel room to the actual party room but she was so excited she didn't complain at all. It was so nice to meet the families I have been in contact with for so long but had never actually met in person until now. There were 27 post op children and 11 pre op children present.
My Entrance - Using Pods
Look at all These People !!!
There were two very special guests Mad Mike the physio and Joan Puglisi (another physio and a dear lady who works very closely with Dr Park). Joan has only just retired after being at St Louis for over 25 years. It was terribly emotional for them to see all these children and their families who had travelled thousands of miles for this life changing surgery, in one room, and be able to see the progress each of the children were making.
Abigail thoroughly enjoyed herself dancing and socialising with the families. Offering her words of wisdom to the families that are considering or who are booked in for their surgeries in the coming months. I heard her talking to the Mums and telling them they would get through it. Of course she and I were recognised from our TV appearance that lots of the SDR families had tuned in to watch.
Mad Mike had Abi up on the dance floor doing all sorts of groovy moves including ..............HEAD STANDS!!!!! This did make me more than a little nervous!!!!!!
Mad Mike Dancing with Abigail
Mad Mike Dancing with my friend Yasmin
The Residents Inn, St Louis that we stayed in donated a Cake for the event and that was lovely.
The organisers had done a fantastic poster which included all of the post op children to present to Mike. Each child was presented with a certificate of bravery for undergoing the SDR operation. Abigail's is now framed and awaiting her Daddy's DIY skills to get it on her bedroom wall. Abigail and Talia also received a chocolate presentation.
Dr Park sent a gift to each child he had operated on. Abigail's gift was an iTunes voucher and a video containing her pre op physio and post op physio assessments. I'm going to watch these very closely in 6 months time when the changes will be much more noticeable. These touches were priceless! The band playing the music was fabulous and it was a splendid, splendid evening. Next year Dr Park says he will attend, how much better can it get!!!!
|Mad Mike and His Wife Enjoying Time with Friends|
|Abigail at nearly Midnight Going Strong|
|Making New Friends..|