Today I want to talk to you about a little girl named JO.
She is a beautiful little girl, who stole the hearts of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, and in particular the heart of Michele Torpedine.
Perhaps many of you will already know her story, but here, on this site, we only talked about it when Il Volo made an appeal for her.
It was July 31, 2019 and this appeal was published on the official Il Volo page, which we also published here on the Flight Crew blog.
The boys said they learned about this little girl who was going to have an operation in America and they appealed to people’s good hearts for a fundraiser for her.
We are talking about Jo, a 3 year old girl, born in Tuscany, with different skeletal malformations, the most serious is the lack of tibias in her legs, a very rare case, not operable in Italy, where she would have been forced to amputate the limbs.
In Florida, at the Paley Institute, Dr. Paley can solve his problem with various operations and physiotherapy, but it takes 500 thousand euros, in addition travel, accommodation, maintenance and car for all months in America.
Jo, is supported by two parents who love her so much, but who don’t have the opportunity to face all those expenses.
For Jo, many artists and many ordinary people made donations , and in this way have allowed Jo’s dream to come true.
Michele Torpedine, took the story of this little girl very much to heart, and in February, while the boys were already on tour in America, he attended an event in Pisa in favor of Jo.
Here is the video of that event.
Michele says he is there for a much more important reason than what his job usually is, he suddenly fell in love with this wonderful little girl.
When he and the boys saw the pictures of this little girl, they were overwhelmed and therefore they will follow her in all her effort, with the hope of seeing her soon run with them.
Look at how much tenderness these images:
Michele writes of her that Jo is their other GRANDE AMORE and also that “It is inexplicable that this little girl must also suffer, but we must think about the ending … when we will see her run together with all the other children!”
The journalist Antonella Pera wrote thus:
“Thanks also to the friendship that binds me to Michele, whom I have known for 20 years, we were able to organize this important meeting with Jo and I asked him and the boys from Il Volo to make an appeal. What can I say? Since when I contacted them onwards the donations have exploded. The three boys participated in the evening in connection on the other side of the world, during their tour in the United States. But the compliments, she concludes, also go to Jo’s parents, for all that what they are doing and because despite everything they have been able to make her a serene and joyful child.”
Finally the day of the departure for Miami arrives and Torpedine writes on his Facebook page.
“Let’s start for the big business! Good luck, little Jo!”
“Me and the boys are happy that little Jo will finally have the opportunity to go to America and we are confident that she can make her dream come true. At the same time, I’m sorry that many other children do not have his same luck … who knows how many there are! And a thought goes to them too.”
Easter holidays come and Torpedine sends his best wishes to Jo:
“A special wish for a happy Easter to little Jo who is on the other side of the ocean … hoping to see her again soon and with me the best wishes from Il Volo, Dave Monaco and Nico Arezzo!”
On March 18 the first operation.
Jo’s mom Irene wrote this on her Facebook page:
“Dear Jo …
20 minutes ago, you fell asleep and your operation began.
It is the toughest test in the world. I’m scared. Rationally, however, I know that I have done 10,000 km and a lot of uphill road with all of you to bring it here.
Jo was calm, she never cried. The professionalism of a child-friendly institution can be seen.
We keep you updated,
“Hi everyone, Dr. Paley just came out of the operating room. Jo is fine. She hasn’t come out yet, some procedures have to end. Paley has operated on one leg for the time being. The right leg is only postponed in three weeks.
When you see a doctor come to you with eyes that laugh and shine, despite six and a half hours of work and saying to you:
THE LEFT LEG, IS PERFECT. THE KNEE BENDS 100 PERCENT.
Dear Dr. Paley, thank you. Thanks for how much you love your job. Thanks for those eyes that have looked into mine.”
Physiotherapies are very hard for Jo.
During an interview Torpedine talks about Jo, and from Miami, mom Irene, thanks him by writing thus:
“Thanks to Michele for the words and especially his and IL VOLO’s deeds that never fail. Thanks for being so sincere and familiar in our daily lives.”
The day of the second operation also arrives.
The surgery went well, the road is long, it will take a lot of patience and a lot of physiotherapy, but Jo will be able to walk.
Mum Irene wrote:
“As soon as Jo perceived that she had the other guardian (the brace/apparatus used to support the leg) after awakening from anesthesia, she said to me:
-Mom, is this a tutor? (brace)
Yes love, like the other foot.
-Yes. (Silence) mom. Are my legs like everyone’s now?
Yes my love. Indeed stronger!
-Mom. (Silence) but now can I walk with two feet on the ground?”
The happiness of IL Volo and Torpedine, who published this article on the official Facebook page, is accompanied by these words:
“We are happy to have contributed together with our manager Michele Torpedine and other colleagues from the world of entertainment to this enormous success: little Jo will walk again!”
I would say that it is a story that started very badly, but that it will have a very nice ending. Jo will be able to walk.
Of course there will still be moments of tension and a lot of work and pain, but the road is now downhill.
What about Torpedine and Il Volo? One word, fantastic. You are unique people!
Good luck Jo, we love you !!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.