“Oh, yes I can!” That may turn out to be one of the first sentences from Manani Shakir. This wonder boy has been a source of joy to his mother, Makeda Shakir, and to his grandparents and aunt who are taking an active role in his life.
Manani Proves the Predictions Were Wrong
“So many times we’ve been told that Manani wouldn’t speak, wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t eat independently,” recalls Temecula resident Makeda Shakir. But this little guy is proving all those predictions wrong.
Makeda went to the hospital in nearby Murrieta expecting to welcome her baby boy, but needed an emergency C-section. Medical staff performed CPR on Manani for seven minutes while calling for him to be transported to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rady Children’s Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald House made it possible for my family to be with me, and for me to be with my baby. That made all the difference.
Makeda was in shock and immobile after her C-section. “Those first days were so hard. I remember the terrible news that he wasn’t going to make it,” says Makeda. “The medical staff gave me papers to sign to let him go naturally. Then, he opened his eyes, and I thought he just might make it after all.”
Peace of Mind At Last
The Ronald McDonald House was here to support Makeda and her family in helping Manani in the first anxious weeks of his life. Makeda stayed with us for five weeks while Manani gained strength. Her parents and sister took turns staying with her. Makeda credits Ronald McDonald House staff for coordinating logistics with her family when she was overwhelmed with fear and exhaustion.
Her mother agrees. “The staff and volunteers were incredibly supportive—they helped us find peace of mind in the middle of our struggles. We’re so grateful.”
Manani needed a feeding tube, but in a few short months, he was taking a bottle. Since then, he’s been hitting his developmental milestones with smiles and lots of personality. Manani loves going to swim class with his mom, who is working to finish her degree in business administration. The family continues to give back to the Ronald McDonald House, with granddad Zuberi arranging donations to help others at our House.
Keep growing and thriving, Manani! We look forward to the surprises you bring.