Sunday, June 12, 2016

Miracles Can Happen

We love to watch the Janeway Telethon as a family. We watch to see the familiar faces of people we know - the doctors and nurses, surgeons and therapists. And we watch to see the touching stories of hope and healing, and the introductions to the Janeway "Miracle Kids".

Ava Mooney was one of this year's Janeway Miracle Kids. A while back, I shared Ava's story HERE.

Ava was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a condition in which the joints become permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position. For Ava, this condition is quite severe. The joints of her arms, hands, elbows, wrists, legs, knees and ankles are some of the areas that have been affected, allowing her very limited mobility.

When we first met Ava, we didn't know anyone else with her condition, so we really didn't know what to expect from her, but it became clear very early on that she was a very determined little girl. She found ways to get around, and to do the things that she wanted to do. After months and months of working with Ava, and supporting her through surgeries and therapies, she took her first independent steps with Andrew and I. We were completely amazed and so excited for her! I was happy to have captured some of her first steps on video, as you can really see how happy she is, and how proud we all are!

Here is Ava's miracle story:

Working with children with special needs is both challenging and rewarding, and it is a learning experience for us each and every day. It is a tremendously rewarding role that we have as educators and child care providers, and we don’t take that for granted. We have had the incredible opportunity to witness some really special moments with our children, and we are honoured to be a part of their success stories.

We have an amazing little group of children here at Little Tulips, and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with each and every one of them!

It is exciting to think of what the future might hold for Ava. There is nothing stopping her now!

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