Family Stories

Hager family with little baby & two other kids

EARLY BIRTH TURNS LIVES UPSIDE DOWN

Brooksville resident Jillian Hager was pregnant with her second child and looking forward to the new addition to her family. She already had a full house with her 18-month old daughter Joanie, and her boyfriend’s children, nine-year old Isaiah and 14-year old Devlin. Her pregnancy was going smoothly until she went into labor at 23…

Mom and daughter at RMH

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Crystal McVay found herself driving from Panama City, Florida to St. Petersburg on the busiest travel day of the year, Sunday after Thanksgiving. Traffic was horrible and having a tired seven-year old daughter named Abbigayle in the car did not help matters. Abbi suffers from extreme anxiety and her mom decided to try the treatment…

Allison Family

TEARS OF JOY

“Tears of joy” are the words Jennifer Allison uses to describe the day she and her family received news that her 19-year-old son Jimmy Daniel (JD) would receive his long-awaited liver transplant, while he lay in a hospital bed in Tampa General Hospital. Don and Jennifer Allison were Tampa residents when their two children, Courtenay…

Rydell Family

SAVING GRACE

Can you imagine what it feels like to have your nine-year-old daughter become a stranger to you? As absolutely terrifying as this sounds, it was a reality for Paula Rydell and her family. Paula’s daughter Grace became a different person as a result of a rare condition she suffers from called Pandas, which is diagnosed…