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Sunday, October 28, 2007

i'm my father's daughter

Parents, Camden Market

I don't know how long I was in hospital for; I was only a year old, two maybe. I was in for encephalitis, which is "an acute inflammation of the brain, commonly caused by a viral infection" according to Wikipedia. I was in critical condition, and doctors told my parents that I could very well die, or if I survived, there was a high chance of me becoming a vegetable.

Obviously I don't remember any of it and there aren't any pictures of me during that period. I can only say that I'm here today, and not just alive and kicking, but thriving and doing fantastically well at everything I set my mind to.

My dad's proud of me. I can hear it in his voice. I said this once to my uncle - Uncle Patrick - that "I am my father's daughter" in defiance when my dad said something about me. I say it now again when I say that I'm proud to be his daughter and I'm love my parents. And I'm glad the doctors in the hospital were wrong. I mean, can you imagine me - a vegetable?


tumblewords said...

Nice story and tribute! Glad you're okay!

Bonggamom said...

As a mother, I can only imagine how your parents must have gone through such agony during that period! How wonderful that the story has such a great outcome.

Robin said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father, and how very proud he must be of you.

Gemma said...

Blessings to you. You were given another chance at life.

gautami tripathy said...

At three months of age I too had encephalitis but I survived much to the surprise of the doctors. I am alive and kicking. Vegetable? Well I eat those!



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