ABBY IS HOME! Abby Logue is home and the community of Wakonda is welcoming her with open arms.

Abby, the 15-month-old daughter of Tom and Angie Logue, has been gone since New Year's Day. She was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN on Jan. 2 and received one of her father's kidneys on Jan. 4. The transplant was a success, but it took four weeks for the kidney to start working properly in her tiny body.

Six weeks after surgery, Abby began to respond well enough to have most of her tubes and wires removed. She was dismissed from the hospital on Feb. 23, after 7 1/2 weeks in intensive care.

Abby and her mother, who was with her the entire time, remained in Rochester until March 1 so that her progress could be closely monitored. She was then ready to go home, but is still tube fed and has to be checked at a local clinic twice a week.

The Wakonda Community, along with other friends and relatives are now planning a benefit to help with Abby's medical expenses. The group has been meeting at the Wakonda Caf� weekly since Feb. 10 and have set the event for April 9 at the Wakonda Legion Hall.

There will be a bbq pork supper at 4 p.m. and an auction of donated items beginning at 6 p.m.

In addition to the auction, there will be a raffle for a quilt and a table runner as well as other raffle drawings throughout the evening. A dance with music by Midnight Special will conclude the evening. A good time should be had by all as we welcome back little Abby!

The benefit is sponsored in part by Modern Woodman of America, and Clay and Turner County Chapters of Thrivent for Lutherans.

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