Reporting John Cody
CHICAGO (CBS) — The parents of a ten-month old boy who did not survive are making it easier for other parents to visit and bond with their infants in intensive care.
Carrie Meghie and her husband Terry have collected and donated $100,000 to offset transportation and parking costs for parents of newborns in the Lurie Children’s Hospital Neonatal intensive care unit.
The Meghie’s son Jackson Chance was born with severely underdeveloped lungs and died despite a ten month struggle for survival at Lurie Children’s Hospital. They noticed that even the heavily subsidized parking fees can mount up at Lurie Children’s Hospital, which picks up half the tab.
“You can get a $15 24-hour pass but that is just for one of you. So if you both come separately, or I would come in the morning and go to work and come back, it could be $40-$50 a day at times, so it could add up quick,” Carrie Meghie.
They said if they felt a financial pinch despite their high paying jobs in the hotel and entertainment industry, then others with lower incomes would certainly have trouble visiting to bond with the newborns at such a critical period in their lives.
They pooled their funds, raised money from others and donated to the Jackson Chance Foundation which will provide parking and CTA and METRA passes for others with babies in intensive care.
Carrie Meghie says she wants to honor the memory of her son Chance, while she also looks forward to the future which includes another son who’s scheduled to show up in January.