At 25 weeks pregnant Christina Bergen found herself travelling from Grande Prairie to Edmonton via air ambulance on January 13, 2015. She was admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital hoping that strict bedrest and medical intervention would delay labour and delivery until she reached at least 30 weeks. However, Christina never made it to 30 weeks and Katana Grace Bergen was delivered by emergency C-section weighing 1 pound 4 ounces.
The hospital didn’t have space for Christina’s husband Ben to stay with her, and he was sleeping nights in the backseat of their car up until March 26th when the family received a call from Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta (RMHCNA). Upon their arrival, they were greeted by House Managers Elaine and Brian. Christina and Ben felt comforted as Elaine wrapped her arms around them and said, “Everything else can wait. Go get some food.” Brian led them to the Help Yourself room to find some dinner.
Katana’s grandmothers were able to come and visit the family at RMHCNA. Christina’s mother Debbie had a special connection to the House as her daughter Jennifer, (Christina’s sister) had battled cancer and stayed at the RMH Sacramento prior to her passing in 1993. There are two bricks at the Sacramento House that are named for Jennifer and her family. For Debbie, the visit to the Edmonton House brought back memories and left her feeling relieved by the level of care that her daughter’s family experienced.
Christina and Ben were able to choose a quilt for their new daughter from the Quilt Room, which left Christina in tears, moved by the generosity of those who spent hours picking out fabrics and sewing each unique quilt with such care and attention.
RMHCNA became Katana’s first home when she was discharged on May 5th 2015.
Katana and her family have since moved to Edmonton and they are enjoying living in the community that supported them at RMHCNA.