One Family’s Story

Some families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for a day; others stay more than a year. The circumstances of what brings them to the Omaha Ronald McDonald House may vary, but one thing remains: Parents will do anything to help their sick children — even traveling thousands of miles so they can receive the very best in medical care.

Where She Needs To Be

Adrienne Largo has seven special reasons she misses being home in Arizona: Sean, Amya, Noah, Mary, Ryan, Adam and Sage.
 While her children are at home with her husband, Adrienne spends her days in Omaha with their youngest: Toni.

Born three months early, Toni was diagnosed with necrotizing entercolitis, a gastrointestinal disease that mostly affects premature infants. It results in infection and inflammation that causes destruction of the bowel. Toni also was diagnosed with liver disease.

With Luck

Some might question Gai and Mai Vang’s choice of a middle name for their son, Ken.

In Hmong, Muaj Koob means “with luck.”

The 11-month-old was born with part of his intestines on the outside of his stomach. Physicians in Oklahoma had reassured the couple that their son’s intestines could be placed inside his stomach after birth.

“He was born and they took him to surgery right away,” Mai recalled. “I didn’t get to see him or hold him.”

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