Ronald McDonald House Canberra Bids Goodbye to Longest Stay Family
In November 2022, little Logan went home for the first time ever, since being born 310 days before the fortunate day.
The baby boy was diagnosed with gastroschisis antenatally and came into this world with abdominal and gastro complications in December 2021. He required multiple surgeries and ongoing treatment at the Canberra Hospital that lasted almost a year. During this time, bub’s parents stayed at the Ronald McDonald House Canberra to be close to their son, with their home being over 4 hours away from the hospital.
It was a pleasant surprise when the family that had been expecting to spend Christmas and Logan’s first birthday at the House found out that their bub was ‘ready to graduate’ from medical care.
For over 10 months, Canberra became the family’s home, with our House providing them much needed accommodation, food, and care. The new parents were incredibly happy when Little Logan was cleared to go home after breaking the record at the House for our longest staying family and were very grateful for the support they had received during their stay.
“Being able to stay here in the House, and not having to live out of a suitcase, having a place to call our own, for these past 10 months, and knowing that Logan is only a flight of stairs away, made such a difference. It was comforting to say the least. And having other families that are going through a similar situation, learning on each other, talking about each other’s experiences – it was what we needed to get by," says Kahlea, Logan's Mum.
"We’ve made friendships here that will go on from out of this House to a long time. And the staff and volunteers – you could not find a more energetic and bubblier group of people to make you just feel better, especially after a difficult day. As soon as you walk through those big red doors, it’s just a completely different environment, you forget you’re in a hospital., and you don’t understand the importance of it until you experience it yourself. The impact of this House will be something we’ll remember and be grateful for, forever,” explains Kahlea.
While Kahlea spent every day with her sick son, Mikel travelled four and a half hours back and forth from Leeton (NSW) to look after the farm, staying for a few days in Canberra when he could.
Unfortunately, not everyone can say the same over the holidays. There are many families who will be spending the festive season with their children in the hospital. Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT & SE NSW will do its best to provide them with accommodation, food, gifts and respite during this time and beyond.
Mikel encourages Canberrans to support the charity's Christmas appeal, saying “you never know when you or a loved one will need it".
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Ronald McDonald House Charities ACT & South East NSW
PO Box 635, Mawson, ACT 2607, Australia
Phone: (02) 6281 5894
Ronald McDonald House Charities Australian Capital Territory & South East NSW is a Registered Charity (Canberra and South East NSW House Incorporated ABN 28 589 286 011) and a Public Benevolent Institution endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Taxation Office. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.