This is Jasper. He came into this world 14 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound & 10 ounces. Before Jasper was born, Josh & Sarah Benn were overjoyed with the soon-to-be reality of becoming parents.
Josh & Sarah eagerly anticipated the birth of their son, they faced a series of unexpected life-changing events when Sarah developed preeclampsia, and needed to be airlifted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for an emergency c-section - only 26 weeks into their pregnancy.
Due to the extent of how premature the birth was, instead of going home with his elated parents, Jasper spent the next 3 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, while Josh and Sarah went from happy and excited soon-to-be parents to anxious spectators. Jasper’s lungs weren't fully developed at birth, so for the majority of his 3 month stay, he had to be intubated with a ventilator and feeding tube.
Josh and Sarah visited Jasper everyday, but when they discussed where they planned to spend every night, there were no affordable options (having a baby isn’t exactly cheap). They quickly learned that a space was available for them to use down the street at the Ronald Mcdonald House of Central Pennsylvania for as long as they needed. Throughout this trying period, when Josh had to use the car for work, the Ronald McDonald House provided shuttles to and from the hospital for Sarah to take everyday to see baby Jasper. The staff at the Ronald McDonald House was unfailingly kind and welcoming, they even provided food for Josh and Sarah. Despite the circumstances that befell this young couple, they felt indescribably blessed by the kindness and generosity provided to them by Ronald McDonald House Charities - it’s something that Josh & Sarah will remember forever. After three long arduous months, their miracle felt complete the moment Josh and Sarah were informed that their baby Jasper was ready, and for the very first time, they were able to go home together as one one happy and healthy family…
Jasper just turned 3 years old this past March, and he’s having the time of his life! Other than needing an inhaler before going to bed, Jasper is a perfectly happy and healthy little boy, thanks to a world class neonatal medical team at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, but also to the beautiful people of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania - whose support enabled Josh and Sarah to persevere.