Author name: Christi Yarema

WDSU Spotlight: RMHC-SLA makes a big move to better serve families

It’s been a home-away-from-home for families whose children receive vital medical care in New Orleans, but soon the Ronald McDonald House will have a new home. For decades it’s large yellow house on Canal St. has housed countless families, but in the coming months, it will be positioned closer to those kids in need. Click …

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Baby Lydia’s Family

Baby Lydia was born premature at 34 weeks and was diagnosed with Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), an irregularly fast or erratic heartbeat (arrhythmia) that affects the heart’s upper chambers.  This condition causes her heart to beat about 60 to 100 times a minute. The family is from Sulphur, LA which is in Calcasieu Parish.  Her mother, …

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Sunshine’s Family

Sunshine was born with a ventricular septal defect, a form of congenital heart disease.  It occurs when there is a hole between the 2 pumping chambers of the heart.  Her mom, Sayne, says that the condition was discovered during the 5-month of her pregnancy.  At 3 months of age, Sunshine had open heart surgery.  For …

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Yoan and Meily

Yoan and Meily came to RMHC on June 20, 2022, after giving birth to their baby boy who was born with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension, a condition that occurs when pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) remains abnormally elevated after birth, resulting in right-to-left shunting of blood through fetal circulatory pathways.  The family is from Branch, LA and …

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Brooke’s Family

Brooke, an 18-year-old barrel race champion and graduating senior, life changed dramatically on November 2, 2021, when an unexplained illness caused her to go into a seizure while riding her horse.  The Lawrence family came to us on May 2, 2022, to seek treatment with Dr. Harch.  The northern Alabama family is hoping that the …

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Baby Freya’s Family

Baby Freya was born at 28 weeks with a rare condition called cloacal malformation. Cloacal malformation is a condition where females are born with their rectum, vagina, and urinary tract fused together.  Her mom, Heather and dad, Jake, are from LaRose, LA whose home was 75% destroyed by Hurricane Ida.  While repairing their home, this …

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