A week before Christmas, Cassey and Robert welcomed two little ones into the world, but within minutes, both Sierra and Robert Jr. were life-flighted to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Within a few days, Robert began growing and was discharged, but Sierra, who was born weighing only 2lbs, continued to decline. At only 10 days old, Sierra underwent exploratory surgery, and the physicians found that her small intestine was twisted and dying.
Within the next few months, Sierra had two more surgeries to remove the dead part of her intestines and insert a tube to help provide her nutrients. She is growing every day and will hopefully be going home any day now!
Little Robert also has made a big impact on the Ronald McDonald House as it has been his home since he was born. He loves the visits from the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses and can be found charming the staff, volunteers, and other families.
“I’m very thankful for this place. I came with no clothes for Sierra and Robert, and the staff made sure that we got some. There were times at night I was out of diapers for Robert and had no transportation, but the staff and volunteers did everything they could to help us. You never had to worry about anything here,” said Cassey. “I really don’t know how I would have gotten through this without the House. This place saved us from being separated.”