Georgia and Jayden’s 439 Night Journey at Our Ronald McDonald House

Georgia understands the importance of being able to stay by her child’s side.

Georgia was visiting her friends in the United States when she went into pre-term labor at 24 weeks. Her son, Jayden, was born weighing only 1lb 3 oz.

Soon after, they discovered that Jayden had a hole in his heart. After two failed attempts at placing a pacemaker, he underwent open-heart surgery within the first few months of life. This meant a long-term stay in the NICU.

After sleeping at the hospital for a few weeks, Georgia was relieved when a room became available at our Ronald McDonald House.

“I had no clue what to expect. I couldn’t believe a place like this existed. When I checked into the Ronald McDonald House, I didn’t have any resources. Yet, I was greeted with compassion and open arms. I was given food, clothes, and groceries. Most importantly, the peace of mind that I was just across the street from my son.”

As if caring for a child in the NICU wasn’t complicated enough, Georgia faced many obstacles to be able to stay by her son’s side.  A citizen of Jamaica, Georgia also endured the stress of needing to renew her travel visa multiple times in hopes she would be allowed to remain in the United States with her son.

“Thankfully, I have been able to extend my travel visa twice to be able to stay with him. I count my blessings every single day. Each day has been a roller coaster, but Jayden is a strong boy and we take each day as it comes. I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t been for the Ronald McDonald House.”

Although Jayden is doing much better now, his home country of Jamaica is unable to support his care due to the lack of medical resources. Therefore, he will remain under care in the NICU until he gains enough strength to return home.

 “It’s been an incredible relief to have a place to call ‘home’ for over 430 nights close to my son, during all the chaos and uncertainty.”

 Your support gives families like Georgia’s more than help. It gives them HOPE.

As we get closer to the holidays and reflect on the meaning of the season, consider a gift to help families in crisis stay together.

 A gift of $120 covers the cost to provide an overnight stay to a family in need at one of our Ronald McDonald Houses.

Give families the gift they need most this holiday season…each other.