A Piece of Home

Langkamp 2Claire Olivia Langkamp has been a miracle from the start. After working with a fertility specialist, a two vessel umbilical cord diagnosis, countless ultrasounds, fetal stress tests, and a scary labor, she was born screaming and seemingly healthy. Doctors noticed her oxygen levels were dropping and transported us to Blank Children’s Hospital from Oskaloosa, IA. She was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect: Coarctation of the Aorta. They then sent us to Mercy Hospital where she would undergo her first heart surgery at three days old.
Being over an hour from home and Claire being placed in the Procedure Room after her first surgery, due to her extremely poor health, left us lost and confused. Luckily, the Ronald McDonald Family Room had a vacancy and we were given our own room. We had a bed, shower, laundry and warm meals just down the hall from our daughter. We did not leave her side often but had to so I could pump breast milk, eat, etc.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room gave us a piece of home during the most difficult 55 days of our lives. Being so close to our daughter at all times as well as being given the facilties to take care of ourselves was priceless.
Our family will never forget the generosity, compassion and love shown to our family in our greatest time of need. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
-Melissa Langkamp