Mission Accomplished- The Agee Family
Born at just 29 weeks gestation, Teddy made an early appearance in this world. He started out at the NICU near his family’s home in Virginia Beach, but was soon transferred to VCU Health in Richmond, two hours away. Wanting to stay nearby their hospitalized baby boy, the Agee family found comfort at Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House. Here, they were provided with overnight accommodations and a place where their older two children could join them so they could all be together and close to Teddy.
In between visits with Teddy in the NICU, the Agee Family was able to find a sense of normalcy while staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Each night they enjoyed home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers. This meant they did not have to worry about grocery shopping or other daily chores and could focus their time on being together and serving as a support system for Teddy. After long days visiting their little brother in the hospital, Addy and Bentley were able to play in the backyard with the play house or in the fully stocked play room. Mom and Dad were able to find a comfortable respite from the busy world of the hospital and recharge so that they could be the best advocates for Teddy.
After staying in Richmond for 4 weeks, Teddy was released from the hospital and the Agee Family was finally able to go home- together for the first time as a family of 5.