This time next week, France and Denise will be getting Will ready to go in the ambulance off to the airport and meet up with a member of the Foreign Office to go through the immigration exit process.
It’s quite a daunting task for them as he will be in transit from the house for up to an hour and a half and then however long the process takes to get him through immigration and on board the aircraft. As you know, these planes go back and forth with only a refuel and short break while passengers disembark and it gets cleaned and restocked for the return flight. Timing everything will be nail biting as he needs to be turned and fed, cleaned and aspirated constantly. Pray for a smooth transition from here to the aircraft and then the 11 hours in the air.
Denise and I went into central Lima to find a manual aspirator we needed for the flight but after a dozen different shops came up with nothing other than something out of the 1950’s, which would work but not be practical on board!
So we finally opted to rent a more modern one but we have to go back and pick it up even further away today!
I won’t see Jorgé (George) again before I leave, so we said our goodbyes and exchanged emails so he could be kept in touch with Will’s progress once he is back in England. Each nurse does 12 and 24 hour shifts so they become quite attached to him, developing their own non verbal interactions and understanding of how he is feeling. Jorgé is kind and gentle and is amazed how strong Will has been.
I leave very late tonight, frustrated that we still don’t have the destination secured once he gets to Gatwick but we are assured we will have one in time. I will be monitoring the situation constantly as I travel back even though I leave immediately to Texas for 4 days to meet my Mum, my sister and my two nieces, and my newest great niece and great nephew for the first time!
Keep Will in your thoughts and prayers until he is safely in NHS care.