Nate’s family first heard about the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Emmett’s Place through the nurses at Miami Valley Hospital. Soon his parents, two teenage sisters, seven-year-old brother and grandmother were all utilizing the amenities in the Family Room while Nate was in the NICU. Below Nate’s mom tells the story of how RMHC Dayton impacted their family:
“We had a very smooth sailing pregnancy up until about three weeks before Nate was born. I had had no traces of preeclampsia, but my blood pressure spiked so I came in for a checkup and I never went home. Which was very scary because at the time I was 29 weeks and 5 days and I was not having it. I did not want him to come, I was not ready for him to come out yet. The doctors point blank said if we don’t take him now not only is his life on the line but yours is too.
Nathaniel was born 10 weeks early at 2 pounds 1 ounce. He had a grade 3 brain bleed with PVL on both sides of his brain and we spent 60 days in the Ronald McDonald Family Room and House. We’re an hour and a half away from our home. Having a place that I can literally step 20 feet from the NICU into a kitchen with a home cooked meal, a comfy place to sit down and put my feet up, watch a few minutes of TV while my kids are eating, or coloring and you get a sense of normalcy where nothing is normal right now, with a staff who treat you like home. It’s something truly incredible. It’s been the world to our family.”