Thursday, 16 May 2013

Surgery for Mama

Mama Sue is today back in Blackpool Victoria Hospital undergoing surgery on the failed partial hip replacement which is causing her so much pain.
And everyone in the Happy House family she created, wherever they are in the world,  will, we know, be wishing her well.
Today should be the first step to recovery for Mama, and she is in the very safe hands of orthopaedic consultant Steve Mannion.
Mr Mannion understands so well Mama's work in Africa and the courage and determination it takes to make a difference on a continent where there is so great a need.
He has founded a charity himself, Feet First Worldwide ,to treat and prevent physical disability through not only giving time and personal medical expertise, but also training and educating local medical personnel on important techniques and methods.
With several visits each year to Malawi, Laos and Papua New Guinea, Mr Mannion – nicknamed Super Steve – and his team aim to roll out and manage a programme to improve the recognition of musculoskeletal conditions, such as club foot and introduce new diagnostic techniques and treatment.
For Mama and Papa this is such a difficult time,so to know that she  is under the care of a man who is not only an expert in his field, but who also knows what it is like to change lives for the better, is a huge bonus.
Mama will be on Ward 15a at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and we will give you updates on her progress on the blog.
We love you Mama, get well soon.
Fiona's 50th
Fiona Lockyer's 50th birthday party at the weekend, when she asked for donations instead of presents, has raised a staggering £2,133. It's an amazing amount and a measure of just how much her friends and family love her. Thank you Fiona and  friends for being so, so kind.