Heather and I were an excited young couple expecting our first baby. There had been no problems or concerns with Heather’s pregnancy. On Feb 11, 2014 we came home from work and Heather didn’t feel right. Even though we thought we might be overreacting, we decided to go to the hospital to be sure. That turned out to be one of the most important decisions of our lives. Within 12 hours of arriving at the hospital, our son Ethan was born. He was three months premature; a 2 lbs. 8 oz. baby boy, fighting for his life.
Complications with a premature baby create days where everything goes perfect and without warning, things turn serious in a flash. We were introduced to this roller coaster within the first 24 hours. Ethan’s lung collapsed and an ultrasound showed Ethan had suffered a very serious brain bleed which left him with more than a 50% risk of Cerebral Palsy.
We spent 91 consecutive days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The many tests, procedures and life-saving surgeries that Ethan endured made us feel we could never allow ourselves to get comfortable; to always be prepared for bad news. We passed one hurdle and there was another one waiting. It seemed that those days were never going to end. It was the hardest thing either of us ever experienced and it would have been a lot more difficult and stressful if it wasn’t for Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario.
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