On November 27, 2007, Randa gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named James. A preemie born at 29 weeks gestation, he needed special care for over four months in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center before he was allowed to go home. During this time he was diagnosed with complex hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. When Randa was finally able to take him out of the hospital for the first time, the joy of having him home was short lived; he had to go back to the hospital within a week, and went back to the hospital regularly thereafter.
During one of his many stays at Loma Linda University Medical Center, another family suggested that Randa have him transferred to CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange County. Randa first checked into the Orange County Ronald McDonald House in November of 2011. From then to March of 2012, James had multiple shunt failures and needed 19 brain surgeries. They have stayed at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House over 25 separate times since then.
James has had over 40 surgeries in his five years. He has been diagnosed with complex hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, a clotting disorder, a seizure disorder, GERD, sleep apnea, and feeding difficulties. He is the baby of the family, and has four brothers and sisters. Randa is a single mom.
James is doing well now and loves to laugh. He loves watching other children having fun. He and Randa are currently staying at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House before James has hip surgery. Both of his hips are dislocated and need surgical repair, something common in children with cerebral palsy. He will be in a cast for several months, and Randa plans to stay during that time. "The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home and an extended family. You have many shoulders to cry on. People at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House are my support system."
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