February 23, 2018
MEET SAGE BARNES AND HER FAMILY FROM TROUT RIVER
It is hard to put into words the joy and excitement parents feel when they are expecting their first child, but when high-risk complications arise it can quickly become a very scary and stressful time. And for families who don’t live close to the care and resources they need, there is an added stress, distance. RMHC gives families with a sick child what they need most – each other.
In 2016, Emily Butler and Shawn Barnes were expecting their first child. It was an exciting time for the family filled with joy and anticipation. Then suddenly, things changed. There were health complications for both the child and mom. The family needed to relocate to St. John’s to be close to the care and resources they needed. They worried about numerous things, even the simple things, like where they would stay. Shortly after arriving in St. John’s the family were introduced to the programs and services of Ronald McDonald House.
“In April of 2016, life took a big twist for our family. In only the 24th week of pregnancy, Shawn & I learned both myself and our unborn child were at a very high risk. The stress of being hospitalized for the remainder of my pregnancy and being away from our home and family support only added to life’s trials. But thankfully, the Ronald McDonald House kept us positive and supported and become our extended family during this time. The dedication everyone showed to our family and many other families like ours, was greatly appreciated. Ronald McDonald House was “our home away from home.” We shared our story with many new friends and most importantly, we are proud parents of a precious baby girl, Sage, weighing only 1 lb 4 oz.” – Emily Butler
Finally, after being hospitalized for 2 1/2 months Sage, now 4 lb and 7oz, was discharged from the hospital. While Sage’s arrival was difficult for her and her family, their journey is far from over. Sage, now 21 months old, requires regular follow up and medical appointments at the hospital. She is currently having trouble eating and gaining weight. Having now stayed at Ronald McDonald House on 6 different occasions for a total of 134 nights and counting, the Ronald McDonald House has become a place the Butler-Barnes Family have come to rely on.
“On behalf of Shawn and myself we thank you! We appreciate everyone who supports Ronald McDonald House. Your dedication, time and hard work to providing families, like ours, with a clean and welcoming home-away-from-home is simply outstanding! It sure goes a long way to know you all care! Thank you” – Emily Butler