Before Riglee was born his parents knew that he would have to spend some time in the NICU, but that didn’t make the reality of the NICU any easier on the family. Riglee ended up staying in the NICU at Miami Valley Hospital for 18 days, less than doctors originally thought. Below one of Riglee’s moms explains how the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Emmett’s Place helped their family in a stressful time:
“In addition to receiving compassionate, quality care from a medical standpoint, Emmett’s Place was a blessing to my family in terms of our emotional and mental well-being as we juggled the stresses associated with the realities of being a NICU mom and family. Having half of our family at home while the other half was still in the hospital was an emotional battle.
The services provided by Emmett’s Place and Ronald McDonald House Charities helped ease that stress. I was able to grab a quick meal, relax and take a breath and hold meaningful conversation with other families going through similar struggles. Being offered the ability to carry our basic needs like having a meal, doing a load of laundry and having space to entertain my oldest two children when they visited all while remaining right around the corner from my son was more than I could have hoped for. Above all, having a place to step away from it all provided a sense of normalcy during a trying time period. Emmett’s Place grounded me when I needed it most.”