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Unread 18 Jul 19, 08:38 PM  
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The worst day for any parent and how Virgin helped just a little bit. UPDATED ON P18

I have been posting on another thread about my youngest DD heading off to do Camp America this summer, and how wonderfully both Camp America and the director of her particular camp had been when she'd started with a suspected infected wisdom tooth almost as soon as she arrived. I'll just recap briefly what has happened over the past 2 months.

8 weeks ago, after completing her first year at university, we sent our youngest daughter, Isabel off to undertake Camp America. As soon as she arrived, she had some issues with her mouth, which was diagnosed as a wisdom tooth infection. Over the following few weeks she saw dentists and had lots of antibiotics and painkillers. Unfortunately these didn't seem to work, and just over a fortnight ago, an oral surgeon decided that all her wisdom teeth needed to be removed. During this operation, the surgeon was surprised to find a cyst around the tooth, which he removed and sent off for analysis. Initially, this relieved her symptoms. However, by the time she returned for a follow up appointment last Thursday, the swelling and pain had returned. Unfortunately at this point, the surgeon informed Isabel that pathology showed it was in fact a tumour. We were told further tests were being carried out to ascertain whether this was a benign or malignant tumour and a very long, difficult weekend followed.

On Monday this week, our 19 year old daughter rang to give us the worst possible news. She had cancer and needed to return home for immediate surgery and aggressive treatment and they feared this may be a secondary tumour. You can imagine, as a parent, this is the worst possible thing to happen to your child. But a child over 3,000 miles away? We were inconsolable.

Camp America arranged flights to get Isabel home within 24 hours. When I saw they were Virgin (Delta) flights, I initially wondered about trying to use the family's airmiles to try to upgrade her - obviously she is in pain and hadn't slept for many days and unable to hug her, I wanted to do anything to ease her discomfort. At this point, I realised both Isabel and our other daughter had gifted all their miles to us - to upgrade a silver anniversary trip for December and none of us had any miles left. I then thought of ringing special assistance and was lucky enough to speak to the wonderful Bethany, who through my tears, listened, and did everything she could to help.

I don't remember telling Bethany which connecting flight Isabel was on. However, when she landed in Atlanta yesterday, their lovely representative Leonard was waiting for her off the plane. I believe he hugged her when she cried. He then escorted her to the Delta lounge where she could sit comfortably and enjoy some chicken noodle soup (soft enough for her to be able to eat), during her 4 hour layover. Leonard came to collect her and took her to her flight, then escorted her to her upgraded seat in Premium Economy - at the front with extra leg room. The flight crew made themselves known to Isabel and told her they would assist her in any way. She was lucky to be able to sleep nearly the whole journey, without any sickness, and on landing yesterday morning in Manchester, another representative was waiting for her. She actually chose to make her own way through customs and baggage reclaim as she knew we were waiting for her just beyond. I can only tell you there were many, many tears as she came through customs to us.

You can imagine we haven't slept ourselves, counting down the minutes until we could get her home, but when she Facetimed us from the Delta lounge in Atlanta and then from her seat on the aircraft yesterday, we were so thankful that this terrible journey she was making all alone, was made better by the kindness of all the Virgin staff she encountered.

We have been for scans, x-rays and blood tests today before an urgent oncolony appointment at 9am tomorrow. To our surprise, when we returned home this afternoon, there was a large bouquet of flowers waiting for Isabel, sent from Virgin Atlantic with a note saying they hoped she'd had a lovely journey home and that she had made a wonderful impression on their ground staff, and wished her well.

I know there is another thread regarding Virgin at the moment which shows when things go wrong. But I believe when things go right, and for me they have gone so far above and beyond it's hard to put into words, then that too should be commended.
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Hope everything goes well for the future, and how thoughtful of virgin x
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Wow so sorry to hear all that you are going through. It is fantastic to hear how well Virgin treated your daughter with kindness, respect and warmth just at a time when needed. Wishing you all the very best in her recovery back to full health
Will think of you all, glad she is home safe x
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Oh gosh, this brought tears to my eyes! What an utter shock for you all but Im so glad that virgin were amazing as I think these moments of kindness and support make the absolute world of difference. Im sending all the pixie dust and well wishes in the world to Isabel and hope that she gets the treatment she needs to get her on the road to recovery. Big hugs and lots of love; thank you for taking the time to share this. ❤️💖
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First of all all our best wishes to Isabel for a speedy recovery and to you all
And well done Virgin /Delta for making those few but very very long hours more comfortable for her and just a tad more reassuring for you
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So sorry to hear about your daughter. Sending best wishes for her treatment & recovery.

& Well Done to Virgin. Its nice to read a positive story.
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Best wishes and pixie dust for ur v brave daughter.xx
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I'm so sorry that this is happening to your daughter and your family. I'm pleased that Virgin went out of their way to make her journey home as comfortable as possible. Best wishes to you all xx
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