It is time Children
stood up and were listened to.
To this end we have
put together a book called "Children's
The book was
compiled because no one listens to them. They
never have the opportunity to say how they feel about
We adults don't
ask, we assume. Take for granted. Our
children hide their pain, are never given the
opportunity to share it. They lock it away and
carry the scars with them to adulthood.
For baby Jessica
Luby From Big Sister Sarah, copied with love from...
Let's Face It.
There was joy and excitement as
Jessica Elizabeth Luby was born at
5.57am, and she weighed 8lb. 7ounces on Sunday 7
The Next day she was home, but...
something was wrong with her nose, it looked bent, sort
of broken. WHY! The question was answered six
weeks later. On Jessica's nose appeared an
Our doctor was very concerned.
He sent us to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital so they could
find out what was wrong. Later we were told it was
a cavernous haemangioma (a form of birth mark).
The hospital said they did not want to operate until
Jessica was seven or eight years old, hopefully it won't
be too major then (it could even go when she is five or
six years old).
On the fifth of November, the day
before my sister Rachel's birthday around 8.45pm. Little
Jessica's nose burst. She seemed so happy at
first, smiling as the blood streamed down her face.
When we noticed we did not know what to do and were not
for this to happen! My
mum held Jessica in her arms, with one hand holding the
cloth onto Jessica's nose, while my dad
phoned 999. An ambulance arrived in 15 minutes,
but it seemed like hours... Jessica stayed
night in hospital with my mum at her side. My dad
stayed at the hospital til' late, but returned home that
evening. Jessica came home late afternoon/early
evening the next day, to celebrate my other sister's
When we show
Jessica her 'heamy' in the mirror, (we call her
cavernous haemangioma 'heamy' for short) she laughs and
prods it. 'Heamy' has become a special little
friend. As Jessica gets older the more people
stare and make rude remarks. Luckily little
Jessica does not yet understand the rudeness and
wickedness of some people.
Jessica is very well known at junior school because of
me, Sarah, at the infants school because of Rachel, and
at the nursery school because of our brother Patrick!
We now have had another opinion from another doctor from
St Thomas's hospital. He said the older Jessica
gets the worse the operation will be. He wants to
operate on her now. This has put my mum and dad in
a difficult position.
We are not getting
another opinion from the new King George Hospital.
Jessica is full of lovely smiles and has got bright big
eyes that show up. Jessica is loved by everyone!
Her name means a gift, and she certainly is...
by Sarah Lauren