At 20 weeks pregnant, Tanisha found out her expected baby had a rare diagnosis called Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction. LUTO happens in 1 of 5,000-7,000 pregnancies. It’s a life-threatening utero condition for the fetus because it affects the baby’s kidneys, bladder, and lungs.

After receiving news that their baby had a very low chance of survival, Tanisha’s husband, Quentin, asked for out-of-state medical referrals. Thankfully, Cincinnati Children’s & Good Samaritan-TriHealth Hospital was willing to offer maternal-fetal care intervention.

They left home in Arkansas and found hope in their stay at Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House in a short-term room during pregnancy. Tanisha shared:

“The House blessed us with a hotel voucher since we waited months for a long-term room to become available. Right before Christmas, we moved into the House. The RMH-Cincinnati gave hope to our family by providing food, shelter, fun activities, and baby gifts.” 

January 2018, Baby Jaleel was born at 36 weeks and 5 days. He was here and alive but required respiratory intervention immediately after birth. Jaleel spent 81 days at Cincinnati Children’s NICU. He needed 8 surgeries, 3 blood transfusions, and 1 dialysis treatment.

Jaleel is now an active two-year-old battling stage 5 chronic kidney disease. He is preparing for a healthy kidney transplant this year but must wait for a living kidney donor match. While they wait, the Wormleys have been volutneering at their local Ronald McDonald House to give back. They had the following to share:

“We would like to personally thank Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House for being our ‘home away from home’ for almost four months. Words can’t really express our gratitude for your kindness and hospitality to our family!” -The Wormleys