At RMHC, our families mean everything to us. Michael Pingicer, a member of one of our past families, reached out to share his story. Read it below:
“Our daughter Hazel was born on December 17, 2014, with a severe life-threatening congenital heart defect called dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries (d-TGA). She had a cardiac catheter procedure immediately after birth and then open heart surgery when she was five days old. My wife, Kelly, and I moved into a room at the House Within the Hospital when she was three days old and stayed for three weeks.
That winter was full of storms and lots of snow. When Kelly was seven months pregnant with Hazel, we moved to upstate New York for a new job and settled in Seneca Falls, about an hour east of Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial. In addition to the usual first-time parent nervousness, we were full of trepidation about our situation—we didn’t know many people in the area and we were filled with uncertainty about our baby’s health. By the time we got a room at RMHC, we were numb with worry and so very tired from the childbirth and all the tests they were doing with Hazel. It was such a relief to stay with RMHC, particularly the very special House Within the Hospital.
The common areas immediately helped us to feel at home, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. It was just this incredible safety net where the staff knew what we needed almost before we did. There were so many little things... Read More