The main focus of the Ronald McDonald House is to keep families close to their sick children. We were able to keep Valerie and Alan Rodriguez close to their children not once, but twice.
The first case was in 2014 when their son, AJ, was born with gastroschisis, a condition where the baby’s intestines protrude outside of the baby’s body. It’s very rare, but even rarer for it to happen to another sibling. The second time happened most recently when their daughter, Brylee was born.
AJ and Brylee both had to have multiple surgeries. There was more hope with Brylee, because they had been through it before with AJ and could stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House again.
“Both times we’ve stayed at the Ronald McDonald House we were scared and thankful. We were uncertain about what would happen to our children. We were able to be right across the street just two minutes away instead of being an hour away,” Valerie said.
“It’s so nice to have the ability to stay together as a family. Otherwise, we would have to choose between our kids.”
After both children had multiple surgeries, they were able to leave the hospital and Ronald McDonald House. You would not even know either child had complications.
“We were able to stay together as a family and that’s all that matters.”
The Rodriguez family stayed at the House for 21 nights and is doing great as a happy family of four.