"Without Ronald McDonald House and the facilities offered, the family would have been under unimaginable stress"

On Wednesday the 17th of October 2018, our biggest fears became reality when our youngest child Tahlea, 6 months old, was flown from Geraldton to Perth after contracting meningococcal septicaemia w strain. Tahlea was taken immediately to ICU where she was placed in a coma and pumped with a heap of medications to keep her little body alive.

We watched her arms and legs start to die and we were told to prepare for the worst… if she did make it through this critical phase, we would have a very long road to recovery. Tahlea survived, and true to the doctor’s word it has been an extremely long road.

To date, Tahlea has had 11 surgeries and nearly 100 sedations!

Right from the get go, Ronald McDonald House was there to support us. Over the past six months, it’s been much more than a roof over our heads. Each and every day when we walk through the doors of Ronald McDonald House, after a long day at the hospital, we’re greeted by volunteers and staff members who are eager to help our family in any way, shape or form.”

“The house is surrounded by happy, positive vibes and every night our bellies are full from a beautiful home cooked meal. My other children are able to attend Miss Helens Learning Centre, where they continue their schooling whilst away from home. The services that are provided to families like mine are appreciated beyond words.”

- The Dalgety Family