25 May Jake’s Story
The Bunney family originated from Pannawonica, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They live 1,400kms from Perth.
Jake Bunney is almost 4 years old. He was born with Pierre Robin Sequence – his jaw didn’t form properly, and it pushed his tongue back into his airway, making it impossible for him to breathe or feed safely.
Jake also had a cleft palette and needed the help of a nasogastric tube. Until he had major jaw reconstruction surgery at 10 months old, he was not be able to breathe on his own.
Jasmin, his mum says “In Jake’s first year of his life, we probably spent half of it away from our family at RMHC WA, getting Jake the treated that he needed to get him where he is today.”
Jake still requires the help from a feeding tube, but things are much better than they were.
Jasmin says Jake’s superpower is making everyone laugh and his favourite thing about Ronald McDonald House, is the Director of Hugs & Pats, Gus.
“Without Ronald McDonald House, we wouldn’t have been able to put all of our energy into getting Jake better. Instead, we would’ve spent the time worrying about how we would have bought accommodation.
Thank you to everyone in Western Australia for my family and all the other families like ours by supporting Ronald McDonald House.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities WA supported the Bunney Family by keeping the family close together during Jake’s medical appointments in Perth. While the family has now relocated to Perth, we were privileged to care for Jake and his family for 163 nights over 4 years.
The Bunney family now reside in Perth and are proud supporters of RMHC WA.