The parents weren´t the only emotional ones. One of our surgeries was a cleft lip for a little adorable girl who I think was about two years old named Christiana. When she woke up we put a gown and hairnet on her mother and brought her into the recovery room. What happened next had me sobbing. Christiana and her mother reached for each other simultaneously. Her mother cradled her in her arms--IVs and all--and they just stared at each other. It was too much for me.
I´m watching this happen for the first time, and I am so grateful to see our program first hand. All other knowledge about it becomes irrelevant when you see these children go into the OR, and two hours later they come to recovery with a whole new life ahead of them.
I have photos of Christiana, but as yet have been unable to post pics. I promise I will figure it out, though, so check back.