The sun is shining and we are heading home to Wellington this afternoon. The great big bucket loads of gratitude remain overflowing. Today we are so appreciative of all the staff at Starship – the surgeons Dr John Artrip and Kirsten Finucane, his anaesthetist Dave Buckley, Helen Sargent his fantastic surgical nurse, all of the staff at PICU especially Rich, Jo, Medha, Carol, Nicky, Teresa, Leigh, Judith, Elle and Zac and the amazing Intensivist Maestro’s John, Liz, Brian, Dave and Gabrielle, all the staff at 23B especially the registrar Carol and his favourite nurses Gemma, Linden and Alison. Our boy is alive and well and it is thanks to you all.

We tried to thank Helen this morning for everything and words just fail. She simply said, “That’s okay, its what we do.” We tried to thank John, his surgeon too, and he said, “No need to thank me yet – wait till he is at university and thank me then.” Their humility belies the fact that each and every day at Starship they are doing profound things. There are just no words to communicate how it feels to be bringing our son home. Lets go Albie, lets go.