Elliot Perseveres in Face of Tragedy

Ashley Ampersee’s son Elliot was in a car accident with his dad and brother. He was the only survivor. Elliot fought for his life at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for more than two months. “It was a very scary time and I had nothing with me,” Ashley said. “Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor provided me with a place to sleep, cry, shower, and recharge so I could best care for my son and make decisions on his behalf. They also had shampoo and toothpaste and things that make me feel human again.”

She was able to stay at the RMHC Mott House, “which was amazing,” she added. “It was so comforting that I could be that close and run back to his room easily at any time. It was such a blessing to be cared for and every little thing felt so big– the hot cup of coffee in the morning, being able to store food and being able to wash my clothes. I still cry thinking about how it felt to be cared for in such a big way.”

Elliot has been home for four months and is doing amazing. “He is a miracle,” Ashley said. “Thank you to every single person who helped us.”