Mr & Mrs Ngo Ba Minh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

“We were truly blessed to get to stay in the Ronald McDonald House at the National University Hospital of Singapore from 23 December 2013 to 20 January 2014 while our baby was admitted in the NICU. We can’t ever be thankful enough.

Our baby boy was diagnosed with the CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia). The doctors told us he only got a 50-50 chance of survival at birth and if he made it, he would have spend at least 2 weeks in the NICU. However, his condition was so much worse than what we had expected. We nearly lost him twice. Fortunately, he has bravely made it through after spending his first 5 weeks of life in both the PICU and NICU. We were really stressed out during this whole ordeal.

Good facility along with friendly staff and volunteers, the Ronald McDonald House at the National University Hospital has greatly helped us to cope spiritually, and release all our physical and mental stress. Staying at the House had allowed us to spend more time with our baby and saved us lots of time travelling to the hospital. It was also good at the point we could talk to the doctors instantly whenever they called to see us due to our son’s critical condition; it was only a few steps away. The most important thing was that we felt so close to our son like he was right with us and believed our baby had felt similarly too which definitely gave us the strength to fight this battle together. Very thoughtful program such as buffet lunches or dinners had created a wonderful chance for all the families staying in the House to gather and share experiences, difficulties, worries, etc.

We also really appreciate the help and sharing of all the staff members – so kind, gentle and caring. It was so wonderful to have met them.

Once again thank you very much for having us. We will definitely visit Singapore and meet up with everyone soon.”

Mr & Mrs Ngo Ba Minh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam