From: Harrison, TN
Five years ago, Richard and Debra Gossett had their first baby, a boy named Gavin. Debra had some complications during her pregnancy and when Gavin was born he spent some time in the NICU and they were able to stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House. Little did they know the second pregnancy would follow a similar path.
In 2018, the Gossett family found out they were going to have twins. Within nine short weeks of receiving that news, Debra miscarried one of the babies. This news hit them hard, but they continued to be hopeful that their other baby girl, Cambria Faith, would be born.
At 29 weeks, Debra’s water broke early and she spent 13 days in the hospital anxiously awaiting their baby girl. After their many struggles, Cambria was born on February 2nd and placed in intensive care. In addition to being born several weeks early, she was born on a CPAP machine and had a couple of “brady episodes,” this is where the body pauses in breathing that normally lasts longer than 20 seconds.
Checking in to the Ronald McDonald House, Debra and Richard felt a huge relief. Though they didn’t live too far away in Harrison, Richard still had to go to work every day with the family car. Without Ronald McDonald House Debra wouldn’t have been able to stay right beside her baby girl.
“She was in the hospital for such a long time before the baby came. Gavin and I had to go back and forth and stay at the hospital until bedtime every day and then repeat that routine the next day. Now, being able to have the family back together, that’s what this has allowed us to do, get back together again. It’s helped [Gavin] a lot because he was having a hard time.” – Richard, dad
When asked what their experience was like staying here, both parents admitted there were several big things that offered a lot of relief for them. Being able to have their son Gavin with them, visit Cambria right across the street and not having to think about the other expenses, such as meals.
“Ronald McDonald House goes above and beyond to make sure there is comfort. We’ve had so many people offer to help us and we just feel like every little need is met here. It’s just surreal.” – Debra, mom