Home in time for Christmas
Jessica Hope and her partner, Andrew McEneaney, were given a place to stay at Ronald McDonald House Manchester over Christmas 2012 while their newborn son Tyler was treated for life-threatening bacterial meningococcal meningitis.
Tyler McEneaney was only 18 weeks old when, on the day the family bought their Christmas tree, he developed a high temperature and was taken by his worried parents from their home in Baguley, Cheshire to the local A&E at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Baby Tyler deteriorated from then on and was rushed to the intensive care unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with a diagnosis of bacterial meningococcal meningitis. At the hospital his parents were told that he had only a 40% chance of survival after he developed septicaemia as a result of the meningitis.
Jessica and Andy were offered a place to stay at Ronald McDonald House Manchester. They moved in on December 18, a day which happened to coincide with Andrew’s 25th birthday.
Tyler continued to gain strength in the intensive care unit until December 23 when the decision was made to slowly take him off life support. He struggled with this at first but thankfully pulled through and was able to leave hospital on Christmas morning. He still suffers from asthma as a result of breathing difficulties during the meningitis but apart from that is a healthy happy little boy looking forward to Christmas at home.
Speaking about the House, Jessica says: “It meant so much to be able to stay near Tyler when he was so ill. We had a phone in our room and were told they would call in an emergency so it gave us a chance to get away from the ward and take a break.”