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Thanks to the House, our family can share a happy time in a while.

November 19, 2010 Yumi Muraoka

Four years ago, I gave birth to my son Yuki. For one and a half year, he was kept in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) where he was monitored and connected to a ventilator. He has undergone numerous tests, but we still do not know the name of his illness. Then the Fukuoka hospital told us that they had done everything they could do. So last October we decided to transfer him to the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo.
Upon being admitted to the National Center for Child Health and Development, the staff connected Yuki to a large apparatus to protect his body. The apparatus made it impossible for Yuki to wear his clothes without modification, and the nurse instructed me to prepare three outfits by cutting the underarms of his clothing. I was at a loss and did not know what to do since I was not at home and did not have access to a sewing machine. On the other hand, if I did not prepare his clothing and bring it to the hospital, Yuki would be left with no clothing. When I returned to the House that day, I asked the staff for advice.
The response I received was very reassuring. “No problem! We have someone in the House who is good at sewing, who will no doubt help.” The following day, I found three outfits for Yuki in my locker, prepared by the volunteer staff.
When I first came to the House, my focus was on my son’s illness. I received an explanation of the House rules at check-in; my impression was “it will be a bother since the House is run by volunteers. I might not be able to bring myself to stay here.” Once I actually began my stay, however, I was supported by mothers who were in similar situations and by the volunteers, and was full of gratitude for the House.
My husband and 6-year-old daughter have come from Fukuoka today since Yuki has been allowed to stay overnight. Thanks to the “House’s nearby location to the hospital”, we are able to enjoy a close family atmosphere for the first time in a long while. Thank you very much.

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    I can go and see my son every day. My son smiles at me. RMH is the place that has made all these possible.

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    The House is like our home close to the hospital.

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    The House always provides a strong support to us.

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    My gratitude goes to the second home which has brought the happiness of being with my kid.

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    The time at the House healed our depressing hearts.

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    The House brought a smile to my daughter and made her say “I feel safe with you, mother. It’s fun to stay here!”

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    Communicating with mothers in a similar environment are soothing.

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    I am happy to lead an ordinary life even my child is hospitalized.

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