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Abbey's Story

Special Report by Garry Boyd
A Story Worth Telling

Issue 63: August 2007
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Editor's Note: Readers may have noticed that the page for Robert Forsythe has not been active in recent months.
This is because both he and his wife have been coming to terms with a serious congenital illness that beset his daughter "Abbey" .
On April 16th Robert found his little daughter screaming in pain, with no control over the left hand side of her body.
A Royal Flying Doctor Flight to the Royal Brisbane Hospital ensued marking the start of a three month saga of life and death for the Forsythe family, to unscramble a blood vessel abnormality.
The photograph at the top of this report is dated 27/05/2007 and you can see a wheelchair in the background.
What a difference!
No doubt helped along by Abbey's irrepressible personality and big smile.
The newspaper story and photograph at the foot of the page was printed in the local Rockhampton newspaper as the family returned, and many local friends were on hand at the airport to welcome the family home.
Garry Boyd is a friend of the family and was moved to write the story following

The i2P fraternity is spread across the country, and we often only communicate with each other in the manner that I’m currently employing.
Many of us have never met, yet some of us are close friends.

You will be familiar with the name Robert Forsythe, as he has long been a contributor to i2P.
I first met Robbie a couple of years ago and last year we renewed our shared passion for laughing over a number of pints of Kilkenny.

I was distressed to take a call from him in April to hear that his eldest daughter, Abigail had taken seriously ill.
A recent story about the plight of little Abbey and the rest of tribe Forsythe is illustrated at the end of this report.

Today, mercifully, little Abigail Forsythe is coming good.
Like a lot of kids, she is in possession of an indomitable spirit.
And, according to her mother, Shirley, she is inflicted with the same sense of humour as her father, and I wonder if, in years to come, her best work will come with a pint of Kilkenny in hand.

This profoundly traumatic experience has no doubt been a life-changing experience for Robert and Shirley Forsythe, and Abbey’s little brother Sam, who is bravely helping with her rehabilitation.

Also, baby Holly, who has spent far too much of her first year with the many and varied smells of a hospital in her tiny nostrils.
This of course may be some sort of karma, as having a nurse for a mother, and a pharmacist as a father, it is unlikely that she will become a geologist.

I tell you this story because I would very much like to see a positive come from Abbey’s ordeal, and I ask for your help.

The Bank of Queensland hosts a program called “Heroes with Hearts”, which assists sick kids and their siblings.
They are going to participate in Abbey's ongoing recovery.

I will contact David Liddy, Managing Director of the Bank of Queensland, to ask if we at i2P can assist in some small way.

In the meantime, let’s think about how we can demonstrate our care and concern for Abbey and others who have had a rough trot.
At i2P, we look forward to your thoughts.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back
. May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Slainte mo chairde.

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