When parents stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House, it’s because they have a sick or injured child in the hospital. For Emilia and her husband, Marlon, their stay is for quite a different reason.
Their son, Diego, is very eager to be born. At just 22 weeks pregnant, Emilia was having contractions every three minutes. Since Emilia has a high-risk pregnancy, doctors want Emilia to be close to Erlanger hospital in case she goes into early labor. Luckily, Emilia’s mother, Flor, was able to fly in from Venezuela and be close to her daughter and son-in-law and stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House with Emilia while Marlon is at work.
Since Ronald McDonald House Charities is international and Emilia and Marlon are originally from Venezuela, they had heard about the charity before but didn’t quite know what it entailed.
“Because of the Ronald McDonald House, I don’t have to worry about anything except for keeping the baby safe. We don’t have to worry about paying for a hotel and most importantly, we are close to the hospital.” – Emilia, mom.
To date, Emilia is still pregnant and due in August. Emilia, Marlon and Flor are very excited to welcome their first child into the Montero Diaz family.