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The Mowl Family

“Forever Grateful”

Words cannot express the excitement we felt on February 15, 2013, when we
found out we were expecting. Jay and I tried for seven years to have a baby with
heartbreak after heartbreak until we found a specialist that helped make our dream
come true.

I had an amazing pregnancy. We had a perfect baby girl due Oct. 9, 2013. On
August 30, I began early labor. After 15 hours of labor, Marnee Lynne was born
weighing 5 pounds, 8.5 ounces at 5:14 p.m. on August 31.

She was a perfect healthy baby. But on day four, they discovered an infection in
her bowels — eosinophilic colitis.

As I sat next to our baby, I just kept thinking to myself, “What am I going to do?” I
lived 40 minutes away. I just had a cesarean section. I couldn’t drive.

A social worker in the neonatal intensive care unit at Sparrow Hospital suggested
we stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan. I do not know what Jay and I
would have done if it weren’t for the House. This was my home away from home while
Marnee was in the NICU for five weeks.

They had coffee ready for me at 7 a.m., they had lunch in the refrigerator and
they had homemade dinners waiting for me at 11 p.m.!

The staff were there when I wanted to say, “Hi,” and talk in the morning, or they
were there when I didn’t feel like talking. They made Jay and I feel at home. I am
thankful every day for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan.

They allowed me to see my daughter every day at any hour while she was
recovering. Thank you for all you did for our family – we will be forever grateful.