Eller Schafer’s Family

“In November 2017 during a routine 20-week ultrasound, it was discovered that something appeared wrong with our son,” Rachel Schafer, Eller’s mom, said. “A week later during the fetal echocardiogram, Eller was officially diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallon, a life-changing diagnosis for our family. Heart defects are the most common birth defects in babies.”

At just 5 months old, Eller underwent open heart surgery to repair his heart. Since then, he visits his cardiologist yearly to monitor his health. Children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) are commonly found to have developmental delays and other health issues. Eller is followed by a large team of doctors, specialists, and therapists to keep him at optimal health and development.

“Having a child with congenital heart disease is lifelong and there is no cure. The Ronald McDonald House has given us a safe, comforting and peaceful place to stay at numerous points on our medical journey. They provide meals and snacks, a comfortable place to sleep, and happy experiences for children who are not necessarily facing the brightest moments in their childhood. We are truly grateful for what they have provided our family and so many others.”

– Rachel & Blake Schafer, Eller’s parents