Keeping Families Close
September 9, 2015
Life at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House is an experience I will never forget. I was on my one weekend a month drill as an Ohio Army National Guard soldier in Portsmouth, Ohio, where I live temporarily because of school. My fiancé and I reside in Zanesville on days there is no school and drill.
During the month of May drill, she texts me to tell me her water broke. I replied and said “stop joking-it’s not funny.” She replied with “I’m serious-I’m
in an ambulance on my way to Columbus because it’s getting complicated.” I was astonished and speechless because the pregnancy was only 24 weeks.
After every procedure was over with at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, our daughter was transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and there were a few of questions running through my head. “Is our baby going to make it?” “Where are we going to live for all of this?” “Why did this happen at only 24 weeks” I couldn’t find these answers, but on our second day at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we were immediately given a place to stay, eat, and do everything to continue living our life at no cost.
The care, love, and warm hands Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio opened to us gave me lots of hope. I remember asking the manager if I can help in anyway during my stay here. They said “no, my dear, we want you to feel at home at have time for your baby!” The Columbus Ronald McDonald House is truly a house of hope.
The Heartbeat of This House
December 17, 2014
By The Chisenhall Family
Our son, baby Joey, was born on September 2nd with HLHS, also known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Jacobsen Syndrome fairly early into the pregnancy. My wife, Angela, and I are thankful for this because it allowed us to make the proper preparations needed to get Joey the best care possible for his condition. He will have to undergo a series of three surgeries. It is going to be a long journey, but we are fortunate to have many special people supporting us throughout our journey.
With that being said, Angela and I are also very fortunate to have the assistance of the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. We reside in central Kentucky, which is approximately four hours from Columbus. The Columbus Ronald McDonald House has helped relieve the financial burden of being away from home and allowed us to concentrate on the well-being of our baby boy. Every person that we have met has been so helpful and considerate of our situation. The Ronald McDonald House has also allowed us to meet other families that are going through similar situations, which has made a huge impact on our overall outlook of Joey’s condition. Thank you for everything!
The Chisenhall Family