On Canada Day 2015, Team McGrath came to RMH London to decorate and provide Dinner at Our House for guest families. The volunteering experience was especially meaningful for them as it marked one year from when they suddenly found themselves as guests in RMH. Waneeta McGrath, shares the story of her then 17-year-old son.
"Timmy's Story" ....
"On June 24, 2014 I received a phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. I recieved a call saying that Timmy was in an accident. We thought it was a truck accident that he was in but it turned out that he was electrocuted from a welder. When he was found, Timmy was VSA (vital signs absent). We rushed to Clinton Hospital where they stabilized him and then sent him by ambulance to London...It sure is hard to see your son laying there motionless and hooked up to all sorts of machines. We made sure he knew who was there. We all talked with him and hoped he could hear us. The nurses in PCCU were amazing. At 2:30 in the morning they got us set up at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald House was amazing. The people were all friendly and very helpful...Your focus can stay totally on the situation at hand. When we came to London we had absolutely nothing with us.
"On June 25th they started to take Timmy off of life support in the afternoon. Timmy started to regain movement in his whole body. Around 9:30 that night Timmy was off life support and was coming around and he started asking questions about what happened to him. He then remembered he was supposed to go to work that night and wanted to get up and get ready to go. We knew then that all was going to be good...Timmy was released on June 30th and is in good health with no lasting effects.
We are so grateful to the Ronald McDonald House and now have decideed to make it a tradition to help other families who have their own battles that they are fighting.
Our three programs, RMH London, RMH Windsor and the RM Family Room London were able to provide supportive services to 4,517 families with sick kids.
RMHC-SWO provided 15,990 nights of comfort to families keeping them close to their child’s specialized medical care.
Each night a family stays close at RMH it is estimated they save $183 on accommodations, meals and other home comforts.
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