Angel & Mava
In 2010, while pregnant with her first child, Angel developed preeclampsia, a condition characterized by a large rise in blood pressure. Angel was forced to deliver her first baby, Malachi, at 23 weeks. Malachi died during delivery.
After ten years of testing, Angel was given the go ahead to attempt a second pregnancy. It took a year, but Angel became pregnant in January of 2016. During a routine 26 week checkup, Angel’s doctor reported that her blood pressure was again dangerously high, and she would need to be admitted to the hospital. Six days later, Angel’s condition was not improving and her doctor was concerned that the baby was in danger, so an emergency C-section was ordered.
Angel’s daughter, Mava, was born on June 14th at just 26 weeks and 6 days. Mava weighed 1 pound 13.1 ounces at birth. Nurses in the newborn intensive care unit recommended the Ronald McDonald House to Angel. “I didn’t yet understand the magnitude of a micro premie,” Angel remembered. “ We live in Fort Wayne, so I didn’t think we would need to stay in the RMH. Now, I can’t imagine how I would have survived the late night calls and emergencies if I had been all the way across town.
“Through the RMH, I found a support group. Parents speak their own language, and I became friends with the other moms. We were able to share stories and compare situations. The staff and volunteers understand the journey. It got hard to share all the ups and downs with others; it’s hard for other people to understand.”
“Without the Ronald McDonald House, Mava’s Dad and I wouldn’t have both been able to stay in the hospital. I needed him here. I can’t imagine going through this without him. The Ronald McDonald House allowed us to stay a family for the 97 days we were here.
Without the Ronald McDonald House this journey would have been so much harder. I believe my daughter’s excellent recovery is due to the Ronald McDonald House allowing me to be there for her 100% of the time.”