17 year old Kostya Taylor has always dreamt of being a policeman but, sadly, after suffering a stroke last February, he will never be able to realise his dream. That wasn't going to stop us granting his wish to have a police experience, though…
Kostya was given a tour of Scotland Yard and taken on a police boat down the Thames, before heading off to Lewisham Police Station, where he met the police dogs and horses, saw a police helicopter land, got to sit in the police cars and motorcycles and was even given his very own uniform, before taking the opportunity to investigate a crime scene which had been specially created for him.
Kostya, from Plymouth, was 16 when he collapsed one afternoon whilst home alone. He managed to call an ambulance and was later told that he had suffered an Ischemic Stroke. His Mum, Irina, describes the diagnosis as “a complete shock”. Kostya was in hospital for three months, resulting in Irina having to quit her job to become his carer. Kostya’s speech, memory and physical ability were affected by the stroke, and sadly he will never make a full recovery.
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Irina said: “In one day your life changes, it turns completely upside down. After everything, Kostya’s wish was more than we could ever have expected. It’s difficult for Kostya to say which part was his favourite – he loved it all – but for me it was seeing him so happy. It was a truly amazing wish.”
Kostya’s wish was granted in recognition of World Wish Day – a global celebration of the day Chris Greicius from Arizona received his wish to be a police officer for the day, on 29 April 1980, inspiring the creation of Make-A-Wish.