Andrew & John Swanson’s Family

When Katie Swanson was 32 weeks pregnant, she went to the doctor for a routine medical check where doctors found that her blood pressure was dangerously high. She was immediately transferred to Loyola University Medical Center where she was monitored overnight then diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and told that she’d be delivering her twin boys within the hour.

After Andrew and John were born – each weighing under four pounds – they were quickly introduced to their parents then rushed to the NICU where they would reside for the next 30 days. Katie and her husband, Brad, lived an hour away from the hospital and were referred to Ronald McDonald House so that they could stay together with their newborn babies.

“We thought we would be able to handle the commute with no problems, but after doing it twice, we decided it was best to be as close as possible to our boys,” says Katie. “It was so comforting to know that I was only minutes away from my babies and could be there throughout their stay. We could not have gone through this crazy ride without Ronald McDonald House.”

Katie and Brad stayed at Ronald McDonald House for three weeks as the twins grew big and strong. Today, they are healthy, happy 18-month-old toddlers who are running around the house keeping their parents busy!