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Toddler’s health struggles help increase donations to Ronald McDonald House

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

Colt Comer is shown with donations to the Ronald McDonald House at Childrens Hospital in St. Louis. Submitted photo.

Every newborn parents dream is for their baby to be healthy.
For some that’s not always possible.
Just ask Jared and Dana Comer of Troy. Their baby boy Colt has had to fight many health problems during his first year.
Dana is a 2008 graduate of Elsberry High School and Jared is a 2003 graduate of Troy High School. Their son Colt was born on March 14, 2017, and immediately taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for surgery.
He was born with a birth defect called gastroschesis. The defect caused his intestines to be on the outside of his body. Due to complications he was placed with an ileostomy, an opening in the belly (abdominal wall) that’s made during surgery.
Colt was in the NICU at Children’s Hospital for eight weeks. As anyone can imagine, those times were very stressful for his parents.
For the parents of children like Colt, an organization stepped up to help his family, the Ronald McDonald House.
“While he was there (NICU) we stayed at the Ronald McDonald House where they welcomed us and treated us like family,” said Dana.
Not only did the Ronald McDonald House take them in then, over the last year they have stayed anywhere from a few days to a month while Colt has been having many surgeries/
Not only is there a Ronald McDonald House, there is also a room sponsored by them at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
This room is where parents can go and grab a snack, wash clothes, use the computer, watch TV or just a place to get out of the hospital room for an hour or so.
To say that the Ronald McDonald House has been a godsend to Colt and his parents is an understatement.
For his first birthday, his parents asked everyone to bring him gifts that could be donated back to the Ronald McDonald House on West Pine Street in St. Louis as well as the Ronald McDonald House room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Items donated were food, bathroom and kitchen cleaning items and laundry detergent.
“It was four laundry baskets, a couple boxes and two big bags full of stuff,” said Dana.
The lives he touched with the donations in his honor can hopefully help families in the future.
Colt still has one more surgery to go as well as removing his central line in the summer.