In part last night's Lotto Event felt like a celebration for this morning's surgery. Today Jemma reached a huge milestone in her treatment when she had her catheter removed.
Although it was considered minor surgery there were still risks, and a parent's worry is ever present when their child is in an operating room. The surgery went well.
Here's the first picture of Jemma without a catheter.
She was hugging a tiny hedgehog as she lay in the recovery room.
I have no doubt that when Jemma is an adult this day will be one of her earliest memories. She was so excited for today and has been talking about it for months. She wants to go swimming and she wants to be normal again! After we returned home she asked if she could try on her swimsuits as soon as her pain from the operation went away.