During an unplanned trip to the Emergency Department in Owensboro, tests showed low amniotic fluid, our son was not moving, and his heart rate was abnormal. The doctors performed an emergency C-section and, after delivery, our small son, Jerome, was life-flighted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Knowing we’d be far from home without many resources, the medical team recommended Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK).
With the pandemic and with our son, nothing around us was normal. And, everything was happening so fast.
We quickly followed Jerome to Louisville. Since we came on an emergency basis, we weren’t packed and we had nothing ready. We didn’t know what to expect with our son’s health, and we had no idea what this pandemic meant for us or anyone else.
We were able to get into the Ronald McDonald House right before it stopped admitting new guest families. What a relief it’s been to have a place to call home during this uncertain time. It’s difficult to describe how much it means to arrive at RMHCK and have toiletries, meals, a safe place, a nice bathroom, and plenty of space where Tiffany could get around easily after surgery. Just meeting those basic needs was tremendous, and it still is.
Having a premature baby in the hospital, during a pandemic, increases that fragility a hundred-fold. During these trying months, it’s been jeopardizing for us to get out and risk anything. And with the hospital cafeterias and many restaurants closed, meals at the House have become our lifeline. Keeping us safe and providing food is another example of how the staff helps us. In fact, they help us with all the circumstances that are going on in our life right now.
RMHCK is more than a house. It is more than walls and doors and windows. To us, it’s a family, our family. We’re excited that with health and safety precautions in place, RMHCK has slowly started checking-in new families. We’re so happy and relieved other families will be able to get the same love and support we’ve received.
But we need your help.
Today, please consider helping other families like us by returning the enclosed envelope or donating at rmhck.org. Your generosity will keep families together, healthy, and safe. Your thoughtfulness will help more families just like ours. Just like yours.
With a very big thank you!
Martin and Tiffany Pruden
Current RMHCK Family