By Sarah and Charlie Sock’s first wedding anniversary they learned they were expecting a baby. “We wanted children, so we were thrilled! I had an easy pregnancy. At 38 weeks, my blood pressure was a bit elevated, so our doctor induced as a precaution.”
Just as Sarah exhaled a breath of relief as baby Jack was placed on her chest, she became alarmed as medical staff began rushing into the room. She heard her doctor call for a crash cart and her son was whisked away. Sweet baby Jack was struggling to breathe.
Imagine spending nine months preparing your home and heart for the arrival of your precious baby. In an instant, one of the most beautiful moments of your life becomes one of the most terrifying. You just want to hold your baby. You just want your baby to live.
Jack was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit. A few days later, Sarah and Charlie were finally able to hold him. As they put little Jack in Sarah’s arms, he stopped breathing again. Alarms began bellowing, and Jack’s tiny body started shaking with seizures. An MRI revealed that Jack had a hemorrhage in the ventricles of his brain causing hydrocephalus.
“Everything after that happened so quickly. Jack was air-lifted by medical jet to Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. We were terrified,” said Sarah. She and Charlie followed him downstate by car.
That’s the day Sarah and Charlie were introduced to Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor. They stayed in the Ronald McDonald House Within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (aka Mott House) for a few days so they could be steps away from Jack. They then moved to the Main House for another three weeks. When Charlie had to go back to work for a few days during that time, Sarah’s mom was able to come and stay with her at the House.
“We were so hyper-focused on Jack, we couldn’t even begin to think about where we were going to sleep or eat…nothing else mattered. RMHCAA took care of all our needs and removed a huge worry so we could just think about our baby,” said Sarah. “I had heard of Ronald McDonald House. But I didn’t really know what they did until I needed them. They took care of us for the longest month of our lives. My heart is forever grateful to Ronald McDonald House.”