St.Jude, being the incredible and wonderful place that it is, is going to great lengths to get Phoebe home to Ottawa. I don't know if this would be possible anywhere else. They are arranging a medical transport flight, and because of the extenuating circumstances, they may allow both Jon and I to travel with Phoebe. We could be leaving as early as tomorrow.
The people who have cared for Phoebe throughout this journey are some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. They have done so much to help Phoebe, but also to help our family, and even though we are going home without the cure we so hoped for, we will always be grateful for this beautiful place and their mission. St.Jude has given us time and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
We are still hopeful, but our hope has changed. With everything we have, we hoped for a forever cure and to bring home a healthy child, but now we hope for time. We hope for healing. We hope for smiles, good days, and strength - for Phoebe and all of us. We hope Mae and Phoebe understand.
Phoebe is still sick with many infections, she is requiring high flow oxygen to help her breathe, but each day she spends some time playing, watching movies, and telling us all what to do. At Phoebe's request, we have started playing freeze dance at least once a day. Phoebe plays and pauses the music, we dance, and she smiles. I would do anything for that smile.
We are devastated. There are no words that even come close to expressing how painful and heart shattering this is. How hard it is to watch Phoebe suffer and fight to breathe as we have been doing. We wish things were different. We wish there was something, anything, we could do that would guarantee healing and we will continue to do all that we can. All that we can right now means bringing Phoebe home where she can be surrounded by love. It means holding her, loving her and supporting her through whatever may come. We just love her so much.
Thank-you all for loving and praying for Phoebe. Please pray for a safe journey home and keep our sweet girl in your thoughts.