All I want for Christmas…

For some teenage boys, Christmas means getting a new computer console but for one youngster, an operation is top of his wish list. Jonathan (16) is getting an early Christmas present this year. It won’t be wrapped up in shiny paper and tied with a big bow but it’ll probably be the most important gift he’ll ever receive. Jonathan is about to undergo vital surgery which will make a huge difference to his life. All he wants for Christmas, is a nice straight back.

Jonathan suffers from progressive curvature of the spine, the result of painful conditions known as scoliosis and kyphosis which, if not treated in time, can result in further complications. Last March, Jonathan was put on an urgent waiting list for a spinal fusion operation but cutbacks at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, meant that his surgery could not proceed. Jonathan’s life has been on-hold since last summer as his condition has gradually worsened while he awaits surgery. Following a brave campaign mounted by his mother, Magnumlady, in conjunction with the Irish Daily Mail, a date was secured for surgery in October but it was inexplicably cancelled. Jonathan was devastated to have his hopes raised and dashed.  His mum continued to pressure the hospital for a new date for surgery and finally, her efforts were rewarded. Jonathan’s operation is now scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Jonathan’s dad was admitted to hospital as an emergency last week, with severe back pain and he is still in hospital undergoing treatment. It’s hard to fathom the pressure that this family must be under right now, as they struggle to cope with all that life has thrown at them. So, if you’re feeling stressed out in the run up to Christmas, please spare a thought for Jonathan and his family. May all their wishes come true.

GOOD LUCK! Jono. I’m rooting for you!

8 Responses to All I want for Christmas…

  1. Grannymar says:

    Two candles for tomorrow so!

  2. Steph says:

    Grannymar – Thanks! Please could I put in an advance booking for another candle, for next Tuesday? 😦

  3. Annb says:

    The whole candlearbra has been dusted off and we have a blaze of candles going here for all of you, some of them are even scented for that extra power!!

  4. Steph says:

    Ann – I can feel the heat from here 😀

    My situation is very minor compared to Jono. I so hope his surgery went ahead as planned today as another cancellation, would be devastating. Fingers crossed!

  5. Baino says:

    I’m so lucky really. For all my grumbling there are so many having a difficult time for a whole range of reasons this Christmas.

  6. Lily says:

    Steph, thanks for posting this. Hopefully the operation happened and went really well. You’re very selfless thinking of others when you have your own challenges. Fair play to you 🙂

  7. Steph says:

    Baino – Everyone has different challenges to face.

    Exactly nine years ago (2000) to the day, I had a fairly major operation on my head. I was discharged home in a heap just before Christmas and do you know, that was one of the best Christmases ever. It didn’t matter that we’d no turkey or trimmings that year, it just felt so good to be home and together as a family again. Experiences like that really help to keep life in perspective.

    Lily – Thanks! I think because I’ve been through so many medical traumas myself, I can really identify with others going through a tough time. I’m longing to hear that all has gone according to plan for Jono.

  8. magnumlady says:

    Awww bless you for thinking of us. That’s so kind.
    I hope your surgery goes well, will be thinking of you.

    Jono was allowed home yesterday, he’s tired and sore but he’s happy…..and he’s so tall!
    To put the icing on the cake Andy came home yesterday too. So it really is going to be the best Christmas ever, forget the presents just to have the family back together is enough.

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