Support for Adelaide & Chantelle
She sustained multiple fractures to her face and skull and horrific injury to her leg, which has required surgery for skin grafts. She has scarring to her face and body from more than 50 stitches which will need further treatment, however this cannot start for twelve months. It will be a long recovery and she will require extensive and varied treatments over the coming months and years.
In an unexpected twist of fate Adelaide's mother Chantelle, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, has suffered an acute relapse. Initial treatments have proven unsuccessful, and she now needs a new treatment over the next twelve months and beyond. The cost of this is not Government subsidised on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) and will be tens of thousands of dollars upfront in the next year alone.
Our family is so grateful for all the love and support extended to us since Bastille Day. We know how very lucky we are to have Adelaide with us when others have been less fortunate, and our hearts go out to them every day.
Please watch Channel 7's special Sunday Night, with Chris Bath telling Adelaide and Chantelle's story:
It's hard to believe it's almost one year since the terror attack in Nice – Adelaide, Matt, David and Chantelle depart today for Nice at the invitation of the City of Nice and the organisation 'Promenade of Angels'.
This will be a confronting and difficult experience, but will be a huge step towards healing for so many. Adelaide, Matt, David and Chantelle will have the opportunity to acknowledge the many lives lost, and families who have been affected even more so than ours. They'll also meet with the medical staff who cared for Adelaide - and of course they will spend special time with Patrick and Elise!
The City of Nice will be marking the occasion with several events on Bastille Day (July 14) including a memorial, official words from President Macron, a parade and an evening concert. The night will end with the illuminating of 86 light beams along the promenade to represent those that were lost, and a minute's silence at 10:34pm. It will no doubt be a highly emotional but very important day for other survivors and bereaved families to come together in unity and strength and to share this experience and reflect on the year that has been.
Chantelle had a few days of additional treatment in hospital last week to to prepare for the trip – and isn't expecting anything untoward!
In a stroke of terrible luck Adelaide broke her 'good' leg three weeks ago!!! So she'll be rocking a moon boot whilst her leg continues to heal. We are all hoping this will be the last of her injuries for a while!
We are grateful for the opportunity to return to Nice and to share a sad but important experience together.
The Stratton Family
We are beyond grateful for the continued support and love from all who have been so generous and kind to our family. We can't thank you enough.
Here is a short update on how things are going for Adelaide & Chantelle.
Adelaide: I've been doing well! Although every day is still a battle it seems to be an upwards battle.
I'm still at multiple medical appointments and physiotherapy every week and recently had a third surgery to revise my scars. My leg is still healing, with additional follow up/surgery still to come once the doctors are happy.
I am hoping to start looking for part time work once my appointment schedule frees up a bit.
Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support and thoughts.
I had my third retuximab aka 'Wonder Drug' infusion in late March. It was going really well for the first hour but then I started to have an allergic reaction so the infusion was suspended while I was given meds to counteract the reaction ....the IV resumed at a slower rate with no problems - it just took a lot longer than planned. As this drug is so expensive and has a short 'half life'...it has to be administered and can't be wasted.
The first couple of weeks after treatment are pretty ordinary but then I feel OK again.
Today I'm having my 9th MRI since Feb 2016 and I have everything crossed for signs of improvement!
I'll see my neurologist on Monday to see the images and discuss ongoing treatment as there's meant to be a new super drug released in August - more crossed fingers!!!
Thanks to everyone for all your care and concern.
Just a quick update to let you know how things are going. It has been just over two months since I was able to leave the hospital. My neck brace has come off, and thanks to multiple physiotherapy sessions every week I'm slowly gaining movement and strength back.
I'll be rocking a burns garment this summer that I have to wear 24/7 but it's a small price to pay and will help with my scarring in the long run. Unfortunately there are still some issues with my leg not healing as originally hoped, so more surgery may still be required.
I'm looking forward to the beginning of next year when I'll be able to have the scars on my face reviewed and as my trauma team at RNSH continually remind me I just have to be patient as complete healing is still a long way off.
Chantelle here - I've had two infusions of my new drug treatment. Symptoms have not completely resolved, but enough to get by. Again my specialist says this will take time. In two weeks' time I'll have a brain and spinal MRI, so fingers crossed that they will show improvement.
Thank you so much for your kind donations and thoughts. We wouldn't have been able to access all the help we've needed thus far and in the future without your prayers, thoughts, kindness and support. We greatly appreciate it.
Adelaide & Chantelle
P.S - we are in regular contact with Patrick, he is looking forward to someday returning to Australia!
The response to Chris Bath's Sunday Night story has been profound and far reaching. It is clear to us that the world is filled with people who care and that the light of goodness shines far brighter than any evil.
Adelaide and Chantelle have both had a lot of medical treatment this week and the encouragement and support from family, friends and so many beautiful people we don't even know is helping us all get through.
We thank each and every one of you again - we are just so grateful.
The Stratton Family
Adelaide, Thank you so much for the inspiration that you have shown us all with your story. You are certainly a very brave and level headed young lady that every Australian should be extremely proud of Your story needs to be told over and over to show the world how brave and inspirational you have been in not playing the "poor me card" and instead have focused on the positives and talking more about the way that a stranger like Patrick helped you under such terrible and horrific circumstances. xx
You're such a strong girl Adelaide I just watched your story on Sunday night it had me in tears because I want to go traveling with a few of my friends to Paris but after watching what happened with you I don't think I want to I hope you and I get in contact as if like to be your friend
We still have you girls in our thoughts and am so happy that recovery is happening albeit at a slow pace. Adelaide, as your team at RNSH have told you, you'll just have to be a very patient patient and behave yourself doing as you're told to do :) Don't forget, if you're bored and want something to do, I have hours and hours of puppy videos that need to be edited and you're more than welcome to have a go at it :) Seriously though, we're so happy to see that your treatment is helping and (just like you), we're hanging out for the day when all is good and your world goes back to normal (or at least, as normal as possible). Sending you all of out love and wishing you all the best of everything. With all our love from Narelle, Paul and our "current" family of furkids... Skoota, Puma, Buttons, Wags, Karma, Tori, Latte, Mack, Malu, Mika, Mani, Lilly, Candy, Cheetah and Tosca. xxxxx
Hi Chantelle, my son goes to the school where your Dad teaches. Sending all our blessings and best wishes to you on your road to recovery. :D
Hey guys, Marguerite and I are pleased to hear that your recoveries are moving forward. Obviously every day presents a new challenge for you both however, it sounds as though each day also brings with it a step forward. Lots of love and prayers Matt and Marguerite Dilosa XXOO