Dustin and Cassandra Kraft found their
new “home away from home” at Ronald McDonald House® shortly after
welcoming their fifth child, Wesley, into the world. At 14 weeks
premature, Wesley could fit inside the palm of your hand weighing only 2 pounds
and 2 ounces. This extremely small and fragile baby boy battled daily for
Only eight days after being born,
Wesley became sick with staph epi pneumonia. The pneumonia eventually led
to his PDA valve being reopened in his heart, causing it to be extremely hard
for him to breathe. Wesley required high amounts of oxygen from a ventilator in
order to sustain sufficient oxygen levels in his premature body.
When Dustin and Cassandra heard the
news about Wesley, they knew they would need a place to stay until he was in
recovery. Being hours away from home was
only one of the struggles that this family of seven was facing. They turned to the Ronald McDonald House®
for a safe and comfortable place to stay.
“We are so thankful for the Ronald
McDonald House. We would have made it work to be here with Wesley, but
having a place to stay close to the hospital makes being away from our home
easier. Thank you,” said Dustin.
Today, Wesley continues to grow but
still has to battle daily. Three months later, Wesley weighed 8 pounds and 5
ounces. He was transferred to the Kansas City hospital and had a feeding tube
placed so he can feed properly. They spent Thanksgiving
in their “Ronald McDonald home away from home.”His
father was thrilled when the family was able to come home the week after Thanksgiving. During the holiday season, the Kraft family was so thankful for Wesley’s
health as he continued to grow.
“Wesley is our miracle child,” said
Dustin as tears filled his eyes. “He’s a fighter.”
Tragedy strikes at the most unexpected times. Friends, families and loved ones can be
impacted in the blink of an eye. During these times, having a support group can
make all the difference in the world. Ronald
McDonald House Charities® Wichita (RMHC Wichita) provides just that
to families in need.
Wichita provides and supports programs that directly benefit the health and
well being of children. Since 1983, RMHC
Wichita has helped over 45,000 children by allowing them the best medicine of
all, having their families close by. Families
are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal
faster and cope better.
Help keep families
together by supporting RMHC Wichita- Donate to help provide a home away from home to families in
need like little Wesley’s family! Please
visit www.rmhcwichita.org to learn more
about how you can help a sick or injured child and help keep a family together
this holiday season!