(as told by her Mother, Sarah)
According to Lexi’s mother Sarah, “When Lexi was born she did not have a good cry when she came out, so I knew right away something was wrong. They took her to the nursery to clean her up and a half hour later they came to tell us that she was having difficulties and they were going to transport her to Dayton Children’s. After seeing the neonatologist, she was diagnosed as a trachea esophageal fistula (TEF) baby, among other issues. TEF means that her trachea and esophagus were connected and her esophagus stopped and then started again. They told us she would have to have surgery the very next day, only one day after she was born.
My husband went to Dayton Children’s with our daughter since I was still admitted at Southview Medical Center. The nurses at Dayton Children’s told us about the Ronald McDonald House. We did not know how long Lexi was going to be in the hospital, but it was so comforting to know that we had a place to stay right across the street from our newborn baby. It was a very long four months in and out of the hospital. In four months, Lexi had seven surgeries and was readmitted five times into the hospital. We stayed at the House throughout those months and anytime I needed something, someone was always there to assist me.
We also have a 3-year- old daughter, Makayla, and the House gave her an opportunity to stay with me so we could be together during these difficult times. The Ronald McDonald House was my home for four months and I am so thankful for them. Lexi is now almost one year old and we are happy to report, she’s doing very well.”