Lola Grace McDougal

I can't say enough about the Ronald McDonald House; it's such a great place...I know from experience. This is not my first but second time using the House. The first time I used the House was 8 years ago in November after being rushed to Erlanger Hospital scared to dealth being only 28 weeks with my first daughter. My beautiful baby girl, Katelyn Elektra, was born on November 23,2007 weighing just 2 lbs. 3 oz. at14 in. long. Luckily, they kept her for three more days to treat her lungs. She lived 46 days after being treated in the NICU. That was the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. No parent should have to go through burying their baby girl. 

That next year I had another beautiful, healthy baby girl that was 6 lbs. 9 oz. She was a gift from God to help heal my heart. Little did I know I was going to have to go though this all again 8 years later. 

After meeting my husband and getting married, we became pregnant and I was hoping my body would let me carry my bundle of joy. Well, everything was going great. I had found out it was another girl! I had made it to 27 weeks and was going to high-risk doctors to be more cautious everything was going well. Soon enough, I started noticing swelling in my legs and feet and I knew my next doctor's appointment was not going to go well. I happened to be correct and my doctor sent me straight to Erlanger. 

I was scared because I was 28 weeks just like I was with my first daughter. I prayed to God keep His hand on her and let her be okay. After having the shots to help her lungs, she didn't want to wait any longer. Going in for my third c-section, Lola Grace was born at 4:10 a.m. on July 18,2015 weighing 2 lbs. 3 oz. at 14 in long. She's doing great- only requiring oxygen! 

The experience was totally different then before. The doctors and nurses were so great to me. I had to stay in hospital five more days after having her. Finally, I was discharged from the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House called me at 11 a.m. that morning saying that a room was available. 

I was so happy because I knew I was not leaving Lola living an hour away. It was so good to have somewhere to go, rest, eat, and not be that far from Lola. The staff was always great and would do anything for you. They talked with you. There were many emotional days. After two months and two days, we got to bring our baby girl home. My family and I would like to thank the Ronald McDonald House for everything they do.

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