Sally and Kyle of Hayesville, North Carolina have three handsome boys, Jacob, Levi and their newest, Malachi born on July 11. Unfortunately, Malachi’s birth was followed up with worry and fear as he had episodes of apnea.
Since they live over two hours away from Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, they checked in to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House. Albeit, this was not their first or second time staying at the House- it was their third.
“Without the Ronald McDonald House, it would be so stressful,” said Sally.
Their first stay was in 2009 for 12 days and then again in 2013 for 14. Both Jacob and Levi had traumatic experiences at birth in outlying hospitals where they had to be transferred into Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Because of Jacob and Levi’s birth scares, Sally and Kyle decided to deliver Malachi at Erlanger—and they’re glad they did.
Because of Malachi’s apnea, he was monitered, had a CT scan, MRI, several blood tests and an echocardiogram to make sure his heart and lungs were performing correctly.
Over the course of a couple days, they received good news from his blood work and his apnea was doing better, they found out what he had was an iron deficiency. After 24 hours of taking iron supplements, the episodes resolved.
Thankfully, their third stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House was their shortest stay of only four days. Sally and Kyle were just as grateful during their third stay as they were the first.
“We’re very grateful to have the opportunity to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It’s always an overwhelming feeling.”
Today, Malachi is doing great without any issues and the family is loving their new son and little brother.