Our son, Jacob, was born in 2001 with a heart defect called hypoplastic left heart defect, meaning he was born without a left ventricle. When he was born at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, we were told there wasn’t anything that could be done since Mercy at the time didn’t have a heart surgeon. As a result, Jacob was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Jacob spent his first two weeks of life at Strong whilemy husband, my daughter and I stayed at Ronald McDonald House on Westmoreland Drive until Jacob came home.
However, about four months later, in March of 2002, Jacob was back at Strong for open heart surgery and we returned to Ronald McDonald House. After Jacob’s surgery, he had a lot of complications, such as a staph infection, seizures and even a stroke. Due to the complications, we stayed at Ronald McDonald House from March until June of 2002.
When we first saw the Westmoreland Drive House, we were amazed at how beautiful of a home it was. The furnishings were beautiful and comfortable, and it was very clean inside. The House seemed well thought-out and kid-friendly. We had our 7-year-old daughter with us, so it was important that she could be comfortable, as well. The House had games and toys for her to play with that helped take her mind off of the hospital.
Everyone was so kind and caring during our stay and did everything in their power to make it feel like a home away from home. It was so nice to have a place to stay instead... Read More