July 11, 2014

Jessica at SeaWorld San Antonio
Jessica at SeaWorld San Antonio

Mesquite Family Enjoys Unforgettable Trip to San Antonio

When the Montigue family of Mesquite, Texas, learned their daughter, Jessica, would be granted her wish to meet dolphins, they never expected the trip would mark an even more significant milestone in her life: her very first steps.

Meet Jessica, a 10-year-old patient diagnosed with cerebral palsy, who has been receiving in-home skilled nursing services for the past three years with our Mesquite office.

Last week, Jessica enjoyed a vacation to San Antonio with her family and nurse, Rozella Mathews, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, North Texas chapter.

Jessica taking steps in the pool.

They began their 3-day trip with some family fun at their hotel’s pool. Once in the water, the family witnessed Jessica take her first step on her own, something they never expected or hoped to experience with her.

According to Jessica’s mom, doctors had previously told the family that she would not be able to walk, even with the assistance of water, making this a truly miraculous feat for Jessica!

Not only did she take one step, but she took a total of 205 steps over the course of three days as the family spent time together in the pool.

Jessica with Kai the dolphin.
Jessica with Kai the dolphin.

And if Jessica’s first steps weren’t amazing enough, her dream of meeting the dolphins also became a reality during the family’s visit to SeaWorld San Antonio.

Jessica’s favorite part of the visit was the behind-the-scenes tank and the opportunity to spend a few hours with Kai the dolphin. Jessica and her family enjoyed feeding and petting Kai and watching a personal performance of tricks.

In addition to SeaWorld, the family enjoyed shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and learning about Texas history at The Alamo.

We are so glad that the Montigue family enjoyed a wonderful trip full of great memories and family fun, and we join with them in rejoicing at the unexpected and amazing opportunity for Jessica to take her first steps!

More than one wish was granted to this great family.

Thank you to Jessica’s family for sharing their story with us.