Two year old Coffs Harbour local, Blake, is no stranger to clinics and hospitals. After he was born, Blake was diagnosed with a horseshoe kidney, meaning his left and right kidneys were fused together. Since then, Blake has suffered from numerous infections with severely decreased kidney function.
In July 2018, Blake suffered from severe tonsillitis and needed emergency surgery to have his tonsils removed at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. His parents, Katrina and Shane, were able to stay at nearby Ronald McDonald House Newcastle during the surgery and recovery period, which significantly helped the family.
“The staff and volunteers at the House have been amazing. From the minute we walked in the door, they were unpacking our car. Immediately they made us feel part of the family, and that’s more important than anything,” says Shane.
“We made friends at the House, and they are friends we call for life now. Being in the House makes you feel so thankful. We got to stay together as a family during tough times and the staff made a bad situation as best as possible.”
Unfortunately the Family’s journey is not over yet, as Blake will need ongoing treatment for his kidneys. But after knowing first hand the importance of Ronald McDonald House for families with sick kids, Shane and Katrina are committed to helping the charity in any way they can.