As 5-year-old Averie was being wheeled away from her parents and into surgery, a nurse talked to her about R2-D2. She forgot about her fears and the impending surgery, as they chatted about the heroic astromech droid and her R2-D2 Starlight Brave Gown.
That’s the power of Star Wars and Starlight Brave Gowns.
“The R2-D2 Starlight Brave Gown that Averie had for her surgery honestly made the whole experience better for her,” Aaron, Averie’s father, tells us.
Averie was born with DiGeorge’s syndrome, which is a chromosomal disorder that results in poor development of several body systems. For Averie, her kidneys and speech are most affected.
Averie went in for surgery on December 6 at Lakeland Regional Health in Florida.
Even though Averie is only five, she’s already a true Star Wars fan. She loves watching Star Wars: Forces of Destiny with her dad.
“Besides the obvious comfort of the gown, it gave Averie something to be excited about and something that the doctor and nurses could engage with her about and distract her from the situation of the surgery,” Aaron said.
The surgery went well and Averie was able to go home earlier than expected.
“Thank you for the R2-D2 Starlight Brave Gown. It truly made her stay in the hospital easier and her recovery more enjoyable. Thank you and may the Force be with you all!”