The power of love
By Januaria Piromallo
It has been an honor for me to be a friend of Kirsten and John Sutin (pictured above). As many of you have heard, Kirsten was a professional horse rider and on May 7 2010 she fell off her horse causing a spinal cord injury that left her tetraplegic from the neck on. Her life is now suspended in time like the thin line of sand within an "hourglass", as she said, but the will to survive always triumphs. Kirsten without moving from her bed in the Paraplegic Center of Nottwill, the leading clinic in Europe (there are only few: one in Israel and in the United States), she is "moving" emotionally around the whole world.
THIS IS THE MIRACLE OF LOVE. Kirsten has kept a tender smile and a sparkle in her blue/green eyes. She looks as gorgeous as ever. As Helmut Newton, the cult-photograph, took pictures of Kirsten on horse for French Vogue, said: "She is the most gracious creature. She should never get off from that horse!” Now Kirsten has created a chain of love and compassion around herself.
Sometimes in everyday life we forget how important friendship is, and we forget even to ask to our dearest: "How are you today?" Kirsten made us discover the best in ourselves.
Even though the doctor said that she has only a slight chance of recovery, she is full of hope. She has become a true inspiration, she is a living lesson on life for everybody who visits her. People from all walks of life have come to her: from a Royal Highness to the local electrician. All of Gstaad has shown her to have a big heart!
She has had Mario, the pianist of the Olden, Sammy Bach, the entrepreneur Alby Obrist, and the socialite Leonidas Goulandris and Ninette Fix. Flying from Paris Marcel Rozier, a worldwide equestrian champion, from Rome the jewelery designer Fawaz De Grisogono with Chantal Montanarella, the Oscar winning Gianni Quaranta, H.H Prince Pierre and Silvia, Bernadette Lejeune and Corso Serra di Cassano, Ivo Pintaguy, Prince Vittorio Emanuele and Marina di Savoia, and Tess, Marianna and Pino from the Eagle Club. Ernst Frautschi and Kay Matti sent her a touching letter. But the list of visitors is too long and I am sorry if I cannot mention them all.
Her dear husband, John Sutin made her room with all the comforts of home, including a little kitchen where I cook for her Neapolitan spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil.
Thanks to Kirsten I had the chance to meet a wonderful man, Dr. Guido A. Zäch, the founder of the Paraplegic Center. He is a true humanitarian, helping patients from the bottom of his heart. He is also a good looking man with some resemblance to the French actor Michel Piccoli. His compassion runs deep, he is the kind of man who everybody would love to have as a family doctor. He has a unique ability of showing people, even those who are badly injured, that they are still the same person. And we have to work on what we have and not complain about what we have lost. This is a kind of lesson that can be useful to everybody. We were all there to personally congratulate Dr. Zach for the twentieth anniversary of his clinic. Hopefully there are many more years to come.
He said about Kirsten that she is a woman with a very strong personality and will. Inside her mind she is flying like a butterfly. As Jean-Dominique Bauby, wrote in "La Farfalla e lo Scafandro", the story of his own vegetative state: "Also immobility can be a source of joy".
We are all proud to be part of Kirsten’s recovery process and we will support her with our friendship in any way she needs. Because, my adorata Kirsten, like the touching movie of Spanish filmmaker Amenabar suggested: you will find "the sea inside you" . And remember just in ourselves are triumphs and defeat...