Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Natasha Steele

Natasha Steele was having a good first-time pregnancy and then things went wrong. She was taken to the ER at Hurley Medical Center in Flint where doctors told her she had an erupted placenta. If she had been an hour later, it would have been fatal for her and the baby.

Little Keegan Steele was born and Natasha was out of the woods. Unfortunately, Keegan was born
at 30 weeks and had to be resuscitated at birth. On the third day of Keegan’s life, he was diagnosed
with a category 3 brain bleed that escalated to a category 6. In one month he had two brain surgeries.
Natasha’s social worker at Hurley told her about the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. Keegan was being transferred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and the family needed affordable and close quarters.

“We were overwhelmed when we arrived at the House, “ said Natasha. “It really is a home away
from home. It makes it easier being around people who are in the same circumstances, and it is a lot closer, just a short walk to the hospital for us all. If we were still at Hurley, it would be a 25 minute drive to see Keegan. It’s much less stressful not to have to drive back and forth. It’s also great to come back to the House, take a shower and sometimes it’s midnight when we get back, and we can go to the fridge for food.”

Natasha, her husband and mother are already giving back to the Ronald McDonald House. They have made three meals for families staying at the house. She and other House guests are already talking about what more they can do to give back for what they have received.

And it’s great for Keegan, too. He has his mom, dad and grandmother at his bedside.

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