Farewell Kyla Joy!
This week we waved goodbye to Kyla Joy, who headed back home to the Philippines after completing her treatment for severe burns. Here are Kyla Joy’s reflections on her treatment and her time with us at Children First Foundation.
Almost two months after your final surgery, how are you feeling?
I feel much better. I am so happy with the outcome of the surgeries and treatment. It has given me more self-confidence. I can now move my neck and arm properly. My scars have improved. My lips are also much better, and my chest as well. Because the contractures around my chest have been released, they will not put pressure on my lungs, so I don’t have to worry about breathing problems as I grow older.
Your three-month stay in hospital, undergoing numerous surgeries, was challenging. Tell us how you managed to get through it all?
It was the most painful experience. But my faith helped me get through it. I kept reminding myself that I was not going to endure the pain forever.
What are you looking forward to most when you go back home to the Philippines?
I am looking forward to visiting my family and finally seeing my grandparents and siblings – it’s been a long time!
What will you miss most about Australia?
Being at The Retreat and having fun with everybody! I have learnt so much from each person. The other kids, parents/carers, volunteers and staff all taught me so many different things. I’m gonna miss everyone and every single moment.
Any final words?
I just want to say thank you to my doctors and nurses for giving me the best care. Everything was worth it. And to my Children First Foundation family – thank you for looking after me and supporting me throughout my journey in Australia. I am really grateful and happy for everything you did more me. It’s a pleasure to have met and got to know all of you. You guys will be forever in my heart.
You can read more about Kyla Joy’s treatment here
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