Jenny was in the sitting room of her apartment when the phone rang. The anxious sobbing voice of her mother on the other end was the first inkling that all was not well. “You need to go to the hospital. We just had a call. Gina has had a terrible accident.”
Jenny tore across the room, grabbed her car keys and her handbag. She called out to Teddy to get into the car. Teddy drove to the hospital which was 3 miles away. Thankfully the traffic was manageable and flowing smoothly today.
“Please God let this not be the end” she prayed all the way there. She rushed to the receptionist desk and was directed to Gina's room. The doctor broke the bad news to her.
Gina the beautiful dancer had to have her left foot amputated because she had fallen through the stage floor. Her ankle and foot was irreparably crushed.
Jenny heard the sound of a wounded animal eject from her lips as she slumped into the nearby chair and dropped her face in her hands in absolute anguish at such a great loss.
Nearby Gina lay sedated in the bed with a cage over her legs.
“We tried to save her foot but we could not” the doctor said. “The damage was very severe because she had fallen from a great height.”
Jenny sat with her face in her hands for some time as her mind and heart traveled on into the future. She imagined how difficult it would be for Gina to cope with this great loss. It was a loss not only of limb but of her way of life.
All of her life she had danced. As a child in school plays and later as a student in the Royal Ballet School of London where she had trained rigorously and was wowed by all the critics for her artistry and suppleness.
Jenny's consolation and hope was that Gina's strong faith in God, her strength and the support of the family who loved her deeply would see her through this. She determined that she would not leave her bedside and to be there when she woke up.
Jenny knew that the Press would report the news and that many of Gina's admirers would be sad at this loss to the world of ballet. Now she had better call Pastor Rick before he got the news from other sources. Mother and Father were flying in from Florida and would be here tomorrow.
“Oh my dear Gina, it will not be easy but you are not alone” Jenny whispered as she sat closer to the bed and held her hands. She felt the comfort of God as she sat there and hoped Gina would too.
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