Couple finds family at Columbus Community Hospital
It’s been a long road for Cristian and Iris Rodriguez. The young couple from Honduras moved to Columbus, and only weeks later, welcomed their first child to the world.
Their son, Matthew, was born at Columbus Community Hospital. The day he was born, the couple say they also gained two unexpected family members.
Elsa and Miguel Godoy are medical interpreters at CCH. Miguel is also a pastor at the Mission Center of Christ for the Nations Church in Columbus. The Godoys met Cristian and Iris before Matthew was born while Iris was visiting doctors at CCH.
“We went to their church. After that, we started getting together with them and formed a friendship,” said Cristian.
The two couples grew even closer day the baby made his entrance into the world.
Iris started experiencing labor pains in the early morning hours, and Cristian took her to the hospital. After hours of labor, Matthew was delivered via cesarean section. For the couple, it was the happiest day of their lives.
“He’s the greatest gift God has ever given me,” Iris said.
However, following the delivery, something unpredictable happened. The baby was happy and healthy, but Iris was experiencing unexpected symptoms that required specialized treatment.
Upon hearing this, the Godoys headed to the hospital to lend spiritual and emotional guidance to the young couple.
Medical professionals at CCH worked to alleviate her symptoms and provide the medical support she needed. Once she was stabilized for transport, she was taken to a tertiary care center via helicopter.
“On the flight, I had a strange feeling like someone holding my hand,” Iris explained. “I thought it was Miguel telling me to hold on a little longer.”
But Miguel wasn’t there. He was with Cristian, as they traveled on the ground to meet her when she landed.
When Iris arrived at the tertiary care center, she received specialized treatment that is only available at a handful of medical centers in the state. While she recovered, Elsa watched over Matthew—even taking the child home to care for him while the new parents focused on healing.
Days later, the family was reunited. Following their release from the tertiary care center, the couple stayed with the Godoys at their home. In the following weeks, the Godoys offered them compassion and support the new parents found invaluable.
“I’m so grateful that we were able to meet them, and now they are like parents to me. Even for Matthew, it’s like they are his real family,” Iris said.
Both Iris and Cristian said the whole experience made them appreciate life more than ever before.
“I’m very thankful for the doctors and nurses at Columbus Community Hospital. If they had not been there, I don’t know if I would be here today.”