Nine-year-old Kiki was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. She has to take 58 different drugs a day to manage her condition.
Kiki spends hours watching documentaries on animals, especially marine fish and mammals so it came as no surprise that when Kiki was referred to Starlight for a wish she asked to swim with beluga whales and dolphins in SeaWorld, San Diego.
On the morning of the swim, Kiki was too excited to eat breakfast. When she arrived at the pool she couldn’t believe how big the beluga whales were and she was understandably a little cautious when it was time to get in the water with them!
The beluga whales were very friendly and they let Kiki stroke them and blew her kisses, they even ate fish out of her hands! After meeting the beluga whales Kiki also got to swim with dolphins!
Kiki’s mum said, “Watching Kiki meet the beluga whales was simply magical and her face just lit up! She still talks about meeting them now and has decided that she wants to be a marine biologist or dolphin trainer when she grows up.”