Miss Ellen just turned two and in lieu of presents she requested donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma's Northwest Arkansas Family Room!! She was so, so excited to stop by and drop off all her goodies!! What an inspiration!
The Family Room means a lot to The Bloodworths, who stayed while little Ellen fought for her health in the NICU. Read her story below:
After a long and difficult labor, Katie Bloodworth’s precious new baby finally arrived. But the doctors and nurses in the delivery room began working on her urgently. Katie and her husband had no idea what would happen next. They were scared; baby Ellen wasn’ t making a sound. Thankfully, baby Ellen eventually began to cry.
Katie was only allowed to see her new baby for a few seconds – just long enough for a quick kiss on the head – before she was whisked away to the NICU. Katie and her husband were left to wait for the next seven hours. Heartbroken, she worried about when they would see Ellen again and what her first days would look like.
It was then that her nurse told Katie that the hospital had a Ronald McDonald Family Room. Steps from Ellen’s hospital room was a comforting place where Katie and her husband could rest and regroup. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer the families of sick children a special place to sleep, shower, prepare and share meals, and begin to heal together.
The next day they moved in to the Ronald McDonald Family Room and breathed a sigh of relief. Katie remembers, “We were warmly welcomed to a clean and home-y environment. I didn’t feel like I was in the sterile, cold, scary hospital anymore. I could stop fretting about what would happen next and start doing what I needed to take care of my baby girl. The next five days spent at RMH were exactly what I needed.”
At the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Katie found a quiet, comfortable place to rest while coping with the uncertainty and emotional turmoil facing her family.
“There were times that I cried in frustration with our situation; and even times of joy and laughter.” said Katie. But, through it all “there was always a listening ear and smiling face… who cared about our family. As much as we wanted to get home and start our life as a family of three, I was sad to leave RMH!”
After seven scary days in the hospital, Katie and her husband were thrilled to bring baby Ellen home grateful for the care and support they had received. The Ronald McDonald Family Room helped them get through their time of crisis and gave them a comfortable place to spend some of those precious early days together.