So how's Madison?! To recap, Madison had major surgeries in October to repair a hole in her throat, we could see blue titanium. Skin and arteries were harvested from her wrist, and a neurosurgeon, ENTs, and a plastic surgeon opened her neck from Adams apple to her ear, and sewed the tissue to her throat and connected the arteries. Prior to the surgery the doctor asked Madison which wrist are were going to pull tissue from. Dad spoke and pointed saying "that one" (at her mom's wrist... mom would have gladly offered it, Dad and Angela too, but wasn't an option)
She still can't eat food or drink water, so it's all stomach-tube feeding and 'drinking', about 55 syringes a day. This has been a tough and slow recovery. While the long term outlook for her swallowing looks good, she may require a 'procedure' in January or February.
Madison seemed to have an interest in flying a small airplane, so for Christmas she was given an introductory flight lesson, one of one. The instructor took off, Madison flew above Camarillo and Oxnard, then along the coast returning to the airport. On the drive home Madi asked about skydiving.
Several people asked if she landed the plane. Given it was only about an hour of her flying and she did amazingly well, the instructor landed the plane. Could she have? Confidence was really high that if she tried to land, she could probably hit the airport.
Happy New Year!
Thank you for your love and support,