Recently I told you the story of my daughter Sally and her patient/friend Nathan who had undergone a full lung transplant here.
Today we were greeted with this news headline in the Gold Coast newspaper.
Gold Coast physio wins national award
It was accompanied by this photo.
‘I ♥ my Physio’ competition
This brave young man had nominated Sally to enter this first time award by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and she has won it !!!
This is what he wrote in his entry.
“My name is Nathan and I suffer from cystic fibrosis. At the end of 2011 my disease had progressed to the terminal stage. My only option was to receive the gift of life, a double lung transplant. I received that gift on 13 of March 2012. None of this would have happened if it wasn't for my dedicated physiotherapist, Sally .
She never gave up on me, even at my worst and always kept my hopes high. Sally would be beside my bed, day after day, giving me at times painful treatments to get me across the line. And that she did, and for that I thank her. My life has now changed dramatically.
With the continuing persistence of Sally, I have now found a new love for exercise without oxygen and severe coughing fits; and recently I completed my first ever 5.7km fun run at the Gold Coast Marathon in June with Sally by my side.
The past few years have been a financial struggle as well, as I have not been able to work. If I win this competition, I would put the proceeds towards a new bike to complete my first ever triathlon.”
The organisers of this competition had this to say:
World Physiotherapy Day is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community.
This year the panel had its work cut out, with more than 250 impressive entries from around the country and across many different fields of physiotherapy,’ APA President and judging panelist Melissa said. “Nathan’s story is inspiring for us all; it was really touching to see this young man overcome a terminal diagnosis and develop a new love for exercise and life.
We were very impressed by the professional and personal commitment demonstrated by his physiotherapist. Sally went above and beyond her normal daily duties to support Nathan during his illness and recovery and is now competing with him in fun runs - that is dedication! Nathan’s story highlights the benefit of clinical excellence, a positive attitude and the right support.’
Isn't that great?
As I said,
So Proud !!!
Edited to add:
Both Sally and Nathan have won an iPad and $1000 prize money.