April and Scott Devnick welcomed their first child, Anderson, on November 6, 2011 following an emergency C-section at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Little Anderson weighed only 1 lb., 15 ounces and was 15 weeks early. He was born with no vital signs and needed resuscitation for 11 minutes.
“When the doctor finally gave the thumbs up that he had a pulse,” says Scott Devnick, “it was an amazing moment, but I knew it was the beginning of a journey. I didn’t know that it would take three months of our lives.”
At the time, the Canmore family didn’t know what their options were and where they should stay during Anderson’s recovery. This was until a hospital social worker mentioned Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.
“When I first arrived at the House, I was taken aback by the cleanliness, happiness and friendliness of the House and staff,” says Scott.
April was so happy to be only a four minute drive from the House to the hospital and her little boy. She could focus all of her energy on Anderson without having to worry about driving back and forth from Canmore, or preparing meals thanks to the Home for Dinner Program.
Anderson left the hospital on February 13, 2012 weighing 5 lbs., 8 ounces. All in all, the Devnik’s journey took 99 days and Ronald McDonald House was with them every step of the way.