Two-year-old Kavan Bradford’s parents were delighted to have him home after a stem cell transplant in Boston. But a week later, Kavan was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital after contracting CMV, a dangerous virus that can be fatal to post-transplant patients. Kavan had 25 separate IV’s, a ventilator, and nitric oxide to help save him from heart failure, lung failure, and liver failure.
As Kavan’s parents stood by his side, their five-year-old daughter, Kailyn, was also heavy on their minds. Kavan’s mother, Erin, remembers: “We were constantly at the hospital, at all hours, and sometimes needed to be there in the middle of the night for emergencies.” That’ when the Ronald McDonald House of Providence rescued the Bradford family by keeping them together during Kavan’s medical crisis. Erin shared the role the House played in both Kavan’s healing and the family’s healing; “going through it without that safe place to cry, pray, eat and sleep would have made our situation seem hopeless.”
The Bradford family is extremely grateful for the staff, volunteers, and other guests who touched their lives. They were able to eat home cooked meals for dinner, even at 2 a.m., comfort Kailyn’s worries, and relax in the family room. Our House provided the Bradford’s with hope, and fortunately Kavan is now healthy at home.