The Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay for families who have children receiving medical treatment at MUSC. News 2 was there today as they celebrated Thanksgiving.
12-year-old Edan Solverson says, “I have necrotising pancreatitis, which means my pancreas is digesting itself.”
She came from Indiana to MUSC for surgery in early October.
Edan says, “Basically they just took out my pancreas, my spleen, gal bladder, part of my common bowel duct, part of my stomach, and part of my intestine. They did an islet cell transplant, so they took the islet cells from my pancreas and put them in my liver.”
During that time, her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, and it looks like she and her mom will be sticking around for a while.
Edan’s mom, Charl Solverson, says, “Unfortunately, the doctors back in Indiana do not do this procedure, thus the reason we’re here. So we potentially could need to stay here for a year. She will have to have monthly follow ups until her first year anniversary post surgery. Financially it’s very difficult for us to make that trip every month back and forth, so it may just be more reasonable for us to stay here for that year.”
This is actually the 3rd holiday Edan has been away from home due to medical treatment. She and her family say having a home cooked Thanksgiving meal helps make it a little easier.
Charl says, “It will be nice because we’ll have the experience here and the warmth here, especially not having the rest of our immediate family here.”
The Ronald McDonald House is at capacity today with 32 families and they all will have the chance to enjoy a complete Thanksgiving feast prepared by Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church volunteers.
Bruce McAdams, with Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian, says, “God calls us to love our neighbor and this is a way to do that.”
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church has been preparing food at the Ronald McDonald House for more than 20 years, and from what families told News 2, the food tasted just as delicious as it smelled. But, most importantly, it provided that extra pick-me-up for the guests right when they need it.
Edan says, “I’m feeling really good today.”