“Through this House, I have made wonderful lifelong friendships”

“Through this House, I have made wonderful lifelong friendships”

“Through this House, I have made wonderful lifelong friendships”

Guest Blogger: Charlotte

Cassidy has Cornelia De Lange Syndrome, causing many medical issues – so we’re no stranger to the hospital. On this occasion, she caught bronchiolitis and as her airway is built differently they couldn’t intubate her when she stopped breathing, I thought we were going to lose her. It was the most frightening time of my life.

The doctors performed an emergency tracheostomy and it was then that I realised that we would be spending a long time in hospital. I worried about where I would stay to be close to Cassidy; I worried about how I would get to see my other children in that time.

I had heard of Ronald McDonald House Charities before, but we hadn’t slept at the House during previous stays. I had a lovely warm welcome from Sue as I stepped into what would be our home for the next five months. I couldn’t believe how wonderful the House was!

I really don’t know how I would have coped without the Evelina London House. Being able to be close to Cassidy whilst having my other children stay with me was a godsend. The kids loved Waffle Wednesdays and so did I. I loved watching them play and be happy around the House.

Through all the sadness, the House team would bring laughter and a smile to my face – I am forever thankful to them. Through this House, I have made wonderful lifelong friendships.

The hospital doesn’t have beds for parents on the High Dependency Ward, so I really don’t know where I would have slept as it was too far and too expensive to travel every day.

Being close-by definitely impacted Cassidy’s recovery! Children need their parents and she thrived knowing that I was only minutes away from her bedside. It’s also given me the chance to learn about her health needs in a safe and supportive environment.

It’s a very bittersweet experience leaving the House and the wonderful staff that you become very close to. What Ronald McDonald House Charities do for families is truly amazing. It truly is a worthy cause to raise funds for.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities helped to keep Charlotte's family together when they needed each other the most. You can learn more about other families like Charlotte and Cassidy's on our blog.

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