Vienna Field, 7,with Make-a-Wish members, Pat Russel, Kathy Goleby, Fiona Byrnes, Shirley Searles, Ellen Leis, Rhonda Hart, Julie-Anne Patterson, Rhonda Neilson, Shannon Maloney, Bob Strachan, Liz Strachan and Bev Stallon who made her wish come true with Little Miss.Photo: ROB BARICH vie1601b
Vienna Field, 7,with Make-a-Wish members, Pat Russel, Kathy Goleby, Fiona Byrnes, Shirley Searles, Ellen Leis, Rhonda Hart, Julie-Anne Patterson, Rhonda Neilson, Shannon Maloney, Bob Strachan, Liz Strachan and Bev Stallon who made her wish come true with Little Miss.Photo: ROB BARICH vie1601b

Riding high after wish comes true

STUCK in a hospital bed while having treatment for a brain tumour, Vienna Field kept her spirits up by dreaming of the clip-clop of tiny hooves.

And on Saturday her dearest wish became a reality, thanks to the Bundaberg Make-a-Wish Foundation who gave the brave seven-year-old a Palamino pony named Little Miss.

“She was just overwhelmed,” mum Sue Field said.

“She’s not quite up to full strength, so she won’t be competing in gymkhanas just yet, but she will learn to groom her and make her pretty for shows.”

Vienna was diagnosed with the tumour in January last year, and underwent months of gruelling radiation and chemotherapy.

At the start of December, the family was given the good news that the cancer had disappeared, but Vienna still faces checks every three months for several years before she is given the all-clear.

Bundaberg Make-A-Wish Foundation president Pat Russell said it was the first time they had ever given a pony.

“Imagine our surprise when she said that was what she wanted – we’ve given dogs and computer before, but nothing like this,” Mrs Russell said. “But it was obvious from the first time she saw her that she’d fallen in love.”



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