Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta provides a home-away-from-home for over 1,000 families each year and we love when our families share their stories. The Heath Family shared this story (edited for publishing).
From Ebonee Heath:
My name is Ebonee Heath a patient at Augusta University. I am currently eight months pregnant with baby boy Khaza (my gift from above) Smith.
I would have never imagined of being a high risk mother at the age of twenty-five going through so many complications.
During my first pregnancy my cervix opened at eighteen weeks. By the time I reached Augusta University, I had dilated too much for the medicine to stop the labor, so I had no choice but to have him. His lungs weren’t strong enough to keep him alive and he was born breach.
Discouraged about the first pregnancy, I didn’t want to go through it again.
When I found out I was pregnant the second time, I was scared but most of all I was very careful. I have taken steps with the doctor to make sure things go right and taking blood pressure medicine three times a day.
I live an hour away from Augusta University and the drive coming here twice sometimes three times a week was getting the best of me with me having complications.
The doctors felt it wasn’t safe for me to keep traveling so far, so they referred me to the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. RMHC has made a huge impact on my life by not traveling a lot, and keeping me close to my the doctors, because I can deliver at anytime.
I had never understood what was the purpose a Ronald McDonald House until I actually needed it for the first time. I now know what the organization has to offer and I wouldn’t hesitate to help as much as I can.
The Ronald McDonald House of Augusta Staff has been very helpful and kind, and welcomed me from day one.
I can go on all day, but in conclusion I want to say thanks to everyone for welcoming us!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta serves over 1,000 families each year. Our volunteer run community kitchen serves over 15,000 meals, and our volunteers and families run over over 5,000 loads of laundry every year.
We hope that this story has inspired you to get involved and help families just like this one. The staff, our volunteers and the Board of Directors thank the Heath family for sharing their story and we hope everyone will get involved.
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