Weathering the Storm

Weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth little Antonio Guzman was sure to get all the medical attention and tender loving care he needed at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center. This little bundle of pre-mature joy was certainly in good hands, but what about his parents, Jenifer and Justin Guzman?  At this stressful time they needed some special attention, too. 

The couple was expecting their baby to arrive in early November 2012, but as Antonio had his own schedule to keep, he arrived early, on August 6th.

With so many questions, fears and unknowns regarding their newborn, the Guzman’s had no time to think about themselves. That’s when the nurses on the postpartum floor sprang into action.  Knowing that Antonio was going to be at Monmouth Medical Center for a long time, they wanted to reassure the new parents that this was not an insurmountable situation and that they had a wonderful support system at the Ronald McDonald House just steps away. Jenifer’s mother and mother-in-law were given the grand tour of the Guzman’s new home-away-from-home.  Their home in Parlin, New Jersey was a long drive away from their baby and staying at the Ronald McDonald House would make this stressful time much easier.

Jenifer Guzman said, “Katy and Michelle were the first persons the family met and everyone from then on could not have been more comforting and genuinely caring.” In addition to the personal attention they received from the volunteers and staff, Jenifer said, “It was reassuring to be able to talk with other families in the same situation, whether they were at the beginning or the end of their journeys.”

Happily for the Guzman’s their journey ended on December 12, 2012, when Antonio, now weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, was discharged from the

Newborn Intensive Care Unit and they concluded their 128-day stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

Antonio Guzman now weighs 12 pounds and is growing stronger every day and he will not remember those days in the hospital, but his mother says, “I will never forget Ronald McDonald House for helping to make a hard time seem better.”


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