Defying Expectations

Iain's goal this morning was to walk with the walker to his doorway and by the end of the week it was to be about 100ft.  This morning he kept walking out of the door.  By this afternoon he had done a solid 250 ft to the acclaim of the entire CIUC unit. He looked so strong people were utterly astonished.  Carol, his PT was positively giddy with excitement.

I want to thank everyone for your support through all of this.  We very much appreciate your well wishes, comments, the donations to the COTA site in honor of Iain, visits, cards and everything.  Thank you to Megan, Marie and my colleagues at ColdQuanta for organising a blood drive in honor of Iain.  We absolutely love all of these expressions of support and would love to thank you personally and one day I will get round to it.  You would be astounded at how busy it is at the hospital from 7.30 am onwards.  I had some thought I would be able to work or even learn a new language - fat chance.  Below Sam, Marie and Lisa with the Bonfils bus in the back.  Thank you to all who gave blood in honor of Iain.  Not to mention all those in the St. Louis region whose blood saved Iain.  And thank you again to the donor family.


  • Salvado Family

    This is remarkable Ian - the little fighter that was kept silent and resting for a few weeks is strong like a giant, kicking and pushing like crazy. We are so proud of you, impressed by on-going courage, your drive and tenacity - soon, you will racing all of them in the hallways, that they will have to ask you to be careful around the corners! No limit!! :) Marie-Laure

  • Chrissie M

    Yes!!!! Now that is amazing! I'm blown away. Those muscles were just itching to move. Look out world - here comes Iain Hess!

  • Simine

    So happy for you all that Iain is doing so much better. Such great news. Sending our best wishes . Love to all, The Tepper family

  • susan muir

    Wow, what a difference a week makes. Well done Iain!

  • marilynmonnette

    Iain! CONGRATULATIONS! We knew you could do it. Thinking of you and your family every day. Continiung to send energy of strength and love. You got the will and desire covered. :-) Marilyn

  • Prices of Penshaw

    What a star you are! Excellent news. Iain we are glad to hear that you have started training for Tokyo 2020 and it sounds like you will be fit enough for the marathon, good egg. Also with the support team you have a gold metal must be on the cards. So when you are on the podium to collect your gold metal and the stars & strips is about to be raised up flag pole don't forget to have on your Iain Hess Appreciation Society (Penshaw & Sunderland Branch) T shirt, it will drive the girls wild, honest. Well done to the whole team as we think you should all be awarded a gold metal!

  • john.hubert

    Happy tears! Iain, You are a rock star!

  • Beth A. Coleman

    Iain, Dr. Ivy and I are so very,very proud of you....but we are not suprised you walked over double your goal....becuase that is just how incredible you are!! We think about you and pray for your full recovery so often. We know it has been a longer and harder road than anticipated but keep fighting and run hard for that light at the end of the tunnel that keeps getting brighter. Daylight is coming!! "There's a little bit of morning outside" We can't wait to see you!! Beth

  • lisapendergast

    Wow Iain! I guess you'll show them! xo

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