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This is the Driever family story -
My son Shane was born with Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital condition that effects the large intestine. Immediately after he was born he was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It was determined that he would need surgery but would need to be transferred to Westchester and have the procedure done at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. We live in Sullivan County more than two hours away. I had just given birth and had two little girls under the age of three at home. I was scared for my son and overwhelmed at the thought of leaving my newborn baby so far away.
When we arrived at the hospital to get my son settled in, we were told about Ronald McDonald House. Admittedly, I had heard of it, but never knew exactly what Ronald McDonald House was or what they did. But, why would I? I had never needed help like this before.
My husband and I made our way, just across the parking lot from the hospital, to Ronald McDonald House and applied for a room. We were told there was a waiting list but we should have a room soon. A waiting list? I thought. I didn’t realize how many people were in situations like ours -- far from home, just wanting to be with their child who was sick or injured. We received a call the next day that a room was ready. To my surprise, this wasn’t just a room. It was a home. The guest room we were given was beautiful and warm, the kitchen was full of volunteers cooking homemade meals for all the families, there was a playroom where my three-year-old daughter Sophia could spend time just being a kid and the best part was that I was just minutes away from Shane in the hospital. Each staff member and volunteer became our family, making sure we had a warm meal to eat every day, asking if we’d slept, checking in on us and how my son was doing. I made friends with other mothers going through exactly what I was going through and Sophia made friends and loved being at the House.
Thankfully, my son was discharged after 27 days in the NICU. However, we were told he would need several surgeries and may have complications. Since then, we’ve called Ronald McDonald House home four more times. Each time we stay, it makes the reality of Shane’s illness easier to cope with. I truly don’t know what I would do without Ronald McDonald House. My family and I will always be grateful for the support provided to us and the community of volunteers and donors that make it possible.