The first four weeks of Olive’s life was very traumatic. When she was born she was unable to breathe and was intubated and transferred to the NICU at John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
At only four weeks of age, little Olive received a tracheostomy. She was finally discharged from hospital after 3 months, but the family’s journey with hospitals was just beginning.
Olive, now 8 ½ years old has had countless stays in hospital for sickness, tracheostomy emergencies and operations to reconstruct her airway. Each time she was admitted the family were able to stay together by her side, staying at Ronald McDonald House. Over the years the House has provided the comforts of home for 141 nights for mum Renee, dad James and sometimes Olive’s older sisters Charlie and Ella.
“Ronald McDonald House is life changing. It has provided the convenience of being so close to the hospital. Over the last 8 ½ years we’ve formed friendships and received emotional support from all the staff and volunteers to help us through our difficult journey”, says mum Renee.
This September, individuals, schools, gyms, and businesses will be joining forces for the Ride for Sick Kids to provide crucial funds that will help us to keep our doors open, so we can support hundreds of other families, just like Olive's.
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