When baby Craig was born, his parents were overjoyed but sadly, the joy was short lived. Craig was diagnosed with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage and immediately transferred to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. He required open heart surgery – before he was even three days old.
His dad Kenny said, “We had no idea prior to his birth that he had this heart problem. I held him on the Wednesday night and went home high as a kite, but when I saw him the next day, he was in an incubator, surrounded by wires.”
The family live over 30 miles away, so were thoroughly relieved when they arrived at Ronald McDonald House Glasgow. Especially when their stay turned into 6 weeks.
They both really appreciated being so close to their son. Kenny particularly appreciated being able to stay – “I was able to be here the whole time. The children’s hospital is only 5 minutes away, so you don’t have to worry about where to park or where you’re going to put your head down. I wasn’t travelling 60 miles a day round trip. We basically just moved everything here. We are so grateful.”
Craig’s mum Lesley said “When you first arrive, everything is a bit of a blur. I don’t think I remembered anything of what was said to me when we arrived. But you get into the routine and I think one of the massive benefits of staying here was chatting to other parents who are going through something similar, although obviously having different experiences but ultimately – we were in the same boat. We even ended up getting invited to a Christening.”
Kenny added “It was a surreal six weeks being here. It was only on looking back do you think ‘Did we actually go through that?’, because at the time, you’re just focusing on what has to be done there and then. And you look back and think ‘what would I have done without this place?’ I just can’t imagine.”
“Now – look at him, you’ll never know! We always try to pop in to the House when we have an appointment.”
Craig is now doing really well. To look at him now – you would never know what he went through. He’s full of beans and fills the House with laughter and giggles whenever his family visit.Back to Stories