On October 28th, 2008 twin boys, Anthony and Aiden, were born premature at 29 weeks and three days to Lynn Raines and her husband and were immediately admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
After her 39 day stay at the hospital prior to the twins birth and not being able to take her boys home, Lynn was not too excited about staying at a strange location. Lynn walked into the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan for the first time on October 31st, 2008 and was pleased with the warmth and friendliness of this “Home away from Home”.
“Being away from my husband and step children, Noah and Isabel, and having to be separated from the twins was devastating, but knowing that I was so close to the twins (5 minutes away) and having a warm bed to come home to each night was comforting under the circumstances. I can’t tell you how nice it was after spending the day and often very late evenings at the NICU to come home to a kitchen with so many different foods and yummy meals. The generosity of so many people blew me away.”
Lynn and her husband, who had joined her at the House, were finally told that they could take their twins home after their 54 day stay at the NICU but discharge paperwork problems at the NICU caused Aiden to have to stay for three additional days at the Hospital. Reunited at last with their two babies, Lynn and her husband checked out of the House for hopefully the last time. Before they left the Ronald McDonald House was able to give them some parting Christmas gifts for all four of their children.
“When you are going through such a tough time, to know that so many people care so much…it is beyond words.”