“To have a sense of normalcy during such a hard time. To hear laughter and see smiles was something that brought me peace.”
After four children, the Hunt family decided that “four was plenty enough fun for us” and Lili Hunt had a tubal ligation to prevent any future pregnancies. However, at a routine checkup not long after the procedure, the Hunt family received some shocking news – the tubal ligation failed, Lili was halfway through a pregnancy, and she had a placenta accreta and needed to be hospitalized.
While in the hospital, Lili collapsed and was rushed into surgery. During the surgery it was determined that Lili could no longer safely carry the child and Bonnie Ellen Hunt was born 30 weeks prematurely. But what had already been a long journey for the Hunt family was far from over.
Bonnie was born with a bowel obstruction that required two surgeries. She was also diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. She was transferred to Dayton Children’s where she began her long recovery, but thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, Lili and the rest of the Hunt family were close to Bonnie every step of the way.
“My sons made friends with two boys around their age that were receiving treatment at Dayton Children’s,” said Lili. “They would play video games in the game room and laugh and watch movies. Those moments brought me great happiness. To have a sense of normalcy during such a hard time. To hear laughter and see smiles was something that brought me peace.”
The Hunt’s found happiness by keeping their family together and spending time with other’s going through similar circumstances. This sense of community was exactly what Lili needed to help her find her strength.
“I felt a sense of love and support at Ronald McDonald House. I was surrounded by others who were also going through a battle of their own. Together, we pushed through.”
After a long hospitalization for Lili, and 77 days in the NICU for Bonnie, the Hunt family returned home happy, healthy, and most importantly, together.