The following was written by Thiago's Grandma, where she recounts her feelings and experiences while accompanying Thiago and his mom on their journey to the United States, to consult with doctors who specialize in treating Trisomy 13.
Our long awaited trip began at the Carrasco, Montevideo airport, with an air of magic surrounding a royal procession.
For us (just like any parent or grandparent) our children and grandchildren are princes and princesses, and we are drawn to thoughtful souls that can see them the same way.
This time, Thiago's entourage were the employees of American Airlines in Montevideo, Uruguay, who, without having met him previously, engaged the special individual that is Thiagy, and together we were able to have this fantastic experience before taking to the skies.
From the moment we entered the airport, we noticed colorful of balloons, signs and banners marking the heartfelt path towards the check-in counter.
As we approached, we felt just like a famous actor on the walk of fame, as we passed over brilliant stars that were placed along our path. Behind the counter, we found a huge sign welcoming our party.
They truly thought of everything, and there was more to come. The opening of the jet bridge was framed with a huge red, white, and blue balloon arch, the colors of American Airlines. As we arrived at our seats, we found the colored and cut-out hearts stuck on every surface, that these fraternal hands had placed as a expression of love that was summed up in a beautiful card that we were able to have as a keepsake.
Above the seat, on the wall of the plane, was hanging a flower with the celebrated pasenger's name in the middle. Small painted flowers and values tenderly written by hand appeared on each petal, such as: love, patience, hope, faith, and above all, one that was not written but one that beat in every heart: CHARITY. This pure love of Christ is the thing that unites us in this noble cause, that of helping a young boy reach his potential.
The trip was perfect. With resolve and gladness, Thiagy flew over that vast expanse from South America to North America, aboard 3 different planes. Out the window, his gaze was fixed at first on the lights of the city that he left behind, and as the trip came to an end, the majestic mountains that received him.
Upon arrival, gratitud continued to fill our hearts, as we retrieved from our carry-on, (as we had promised) a Uruguayan flag covered in the signatures of compatriots that joined us in making this journey possible in a short 3 months. One more time, CHARITY, written in permanent ink.
My sister was waiting for us, with the vision of Thiago's small arms wrapping around her neck in a hug that would never end.
Also present was our friend Juliana, a mother, with her children. One of those children shares the same path in life as Thiago. Her name is Ariana, 7 years old, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a tender smile. She is such a sweet person, which is a trait shared by Thiago; a differnence that perhaps comes from having an extra chromosome.
Being supportive requires going above and beyond. The boundaries and walls between human beings have all but disappeared. This is why we feel that this is such an amazing journey. Those of little faith will say, IT CAN'T BE DONE.
Today, we can proclaim from a hemisphere far away, and opposite our own, that we feel a little closer, and happy to have found wonderful people here, just like those at home, that have helped us take another step on our path.
Thank you Uruguay, thank you United States, for setting aside cultural differences and building a bridge that has united us. IT CAN BE DONE!
28 August 2013
More photos can be seen in the post, On my way to Utah! - Airport Welcome