The Support Brought a Tear to my Eye
Guest Blogger: Chris Outhwaite
I found out about Ronald McDonald House Oxford on 9 December 2014 when my sister suffered a bleed on her brain and was blue-lighted from Windsor to the John Radcliffe Hospital. She was admitted to the neuroscience intensive care where she stayed for nine days. Thankfully they saved her life. Whilst we paid many visits to the coffee shop, I noticed the Ronald McDonald House and I remember thinking what a lovely place to be able to come and stay so that you could be close to your sick child.
In June last year, my daughter fell pregnant with her first baby and we were all overjoyed with her news. However, at her 12 week scan they discovered the baby had Gastroschisis. She felt like her world had fallen apart. She was then referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital and reassured that lots of babies are born with this condition. They cared for her throughout her pregnancy.
On 9 December 2015 she was admitted to John Radcliffe to be induced (exactly a year to the day that my sister was admitted) where she gave birth to my beautiful first granddaughter Bella Mcvea. Baby Bella stayed on Toms ward and my daughter Keely and her partner Darrell stayed in the Ronald McDonald House.
We are all overwhelmed with the kind and caring treatment they received from the House. We visited on Bella on Christmas Eve and my daughter told us about the lovely hamper and Christmas card that had been left in their room. Also how the fridge had been stocked with food so that everybody staying there could have a Christmas dinner. Even little Bella had a visit from Father Christmas and was given presents. It brought a tear to my eye.
If it wasn't for the Charity, my daughter and her partner would have had to travel to and from Windsor everyday sitting in traffic when they could be spending precious time with their daughter. My family and I cannot thank the Charity enough during this emotional and stressful time. They couldn't have got through it without the support from the team.
Bella has since come home, the day that we never thought would never happen.