CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – After battling a 108 day stay in Medical University South Carolina’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Lowcountry family is enjoying a complimentary royal holiday.
The King Charles Inn welcomed the Battaglia family Friday night. Cheers and excitement filled the room after the family endured an experience most mothers fear.
“My water broke at 25 weeks,” Emily Battaglia said.
After ten days of best, Eleanor Battaglia, Emily’s daughter, was born at just 26 weeks. She weighed one pound and fifteen ounces.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen to your child, what she’s going to be like, if she’s going to live, it’s just a whole bunch of shock,” Emily said.
That shock quickly turned into hope.
“We had the absolute best nurses up there and they grew her the rest of the pregnancy,” Emily said.
While Eleanor remained in the hospital, Emily and her husband stayed at the local Ronald McDonald house. They provided support while Eleanor was fighting for her life. The Ronald McDonald house is no stranger to the Battaglia family. In fact, it holds a special place in Emily’s heart from when she battled with cancer at the age of seventeen.
“I truly didn’t understand the impact of the Ronald McDonald house had on my parents until I became a parent,” she said.
Ten months later, Eleanor is a healthy baby girl weighing in at fourteen pounds. The Ronald McDonald House and King Charles Inn have joined together, offering a complimentary weekend for the family. Their weekend will include complimentary dinner, breakfast, and a horse carriage ride.