Carter DeAngelis Family
When Brittney’s son, Carter, was six months old, she unexpectedly found him in his room extremely lethargic and struggling to breathe. She took him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – a virus especially dangerous for young children.
Carter’s oxygen levels were extremely low and he was admitted to the NICU at Edward Hospital. “It was my job as a mom to make sure I was there for Carter,” says Brittney. “It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to go through with my kids.”
Brittney and her family relied on the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital, just steps from their son’s room, as place to rest, eat, and take a shower. “The Family Room provided us with toiletries and catered meals to make sure we were healthy and strong so that we could take care of Carter. Had it not been for that, I wouldn’t have eaten.”
Thanks to Ronald McDonald House, Brittney didn’t leave Carter’s side during his four-day hospital stay. Today, Carter is an amazing three-year-old who loves running around with his sisters and playing basketball. And to pay forward the love and compassion they received, Brittney and her family regularly donate meals for families using the Family Room.
“I know how important it is to help families take care of themselves during a difficult time so that they can be strong for their family,” she said. “I cannot thank Ronald McDonald House enough for giving us the chance to give back.”