Meet Elizabeth, a three-year old who reminds us that life can change in an instant.

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When she was just one, Elizabeth’s parents, Nina and Vince, took her to their pediatrician thinking she had a stomach bug.  At the appointment they learned that Elizabeth appeared to be having serious liver failure.  The family was rushed by ambulance over 100 miles to Riley Hospital for Children, with nothing more than the clothing on their backs.  At Riley, they learned that Elizabeth’s heart was in trouble and her health was in critical condition.

For Elizabeth’s family, everything happened so quickly.  They had left for Elizabeth’s doctor’s appointment without any reason to believe that they would not be returning home that evening.  They hadn’t brought a toothbrush, or a change of clothes.  They hadn’t requested time off work and they had never heard of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) or ventricular tachycardia (extremely rapid heart rate).  They had never imagined their baby could be so sick.

Altogether, Elizabeth was in the hospital four months; three of those months she spent in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  According to  Nina, “It was very important to us that Elizabeth always had family members with her.”  So during that time, the Ronald McDonald House became their home.

As you can see from the photo, Elizabeth is growing up and doing great!

 “There just aren’t words to describe how much the House meant during an extremely difficult time,” Nina said.  “God truly blessed our family through the Ronald McDonald House.”