It was great to hear from wish mum Debs, who told us how Elisha’s Starlight wish was the best day of her, and her family’s, life…
I’ve never seen Elisha happier than the day she spent swimming with dolphins.
“Elisha has been through so much since she became ill four years ago, when she was still only six. She was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which affects the signals her brain sends to her muscles, so she had to be fed through a tube and needs a wheelchair to get around.
It’s been particularly hard for Elisha because she was so active and full of energy before. She loved sports and was always running around playing cricket or football. Then she became ill and her world was turned upside down.
But when she heard about Starlight and the chance her wish might come true, Elisha was transformed. For the first time in years, she had something to look forward to. She wanted to swim with dolphins because she has always loved animals. And, because the water helps support her weight, since she became ill she is actually more comfortable in water than on land.
When the day eventually came around and Elisha swan with a dolphin (whose name was Akkai) it was just perfect. I’ll never forget the joy on Elisha’s face when she held on to Akkai’s fin and swan with him. That was the day the colour came back into Elisha’s, and all our family’s lives.
Since then, I don’t think a day has passed when Elisha hasn’t talked about it- and there’s always a huge smile on her face when she does. Elisha’s wish coming true was actually about a lot more than the day itself. As well as giving her lots of happy memories it gave her a new lease of life and she’s now much more able to focus on the things she can do, rather than being sad about everything she’s lost.”