Today, I’d like to introduce you to another set of twins. They are Fraternal twins (two sacs and two placentas,) and entered the World very early. Please meet Daniel and Anna, as described by mother Demetra.
1. Tell us about your babies.
At age 37, I became pregnant with twins in August of 2013. This was a complete surprise, as I have a 12-year-old girl Irene! My doctor said that over 35 years old, women have a high risk of multiple pregnancy. So be it! Everything was going well until 24 weeks when I felt a push and started spotting! I was rushed to WMC in Westchester, NY because they are level 4 NICU and put on bed rest for five days, and then I went into labor.
Daniel and Anna Maria were born 1/25/14 at 1.7 and 1.6 pounds 11.5 inches each! I had never heard about or seen babies this small! I was terrified! I was told my babies had a 2% chance to live, and if they did they might have all sorts of issues.
2. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
I was never given a straight answer as to why this happened to me.
3. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
My little girl was and is a fighter she received everything you can imagine in the NICU! She had no brain bleeds. She is amazing and came home on her due date 5/8/14 at 6 pounds!
My son Daniel although he was stronger than her at about 3 weeks he developed NEC* and the battle for his life began! He fought so hard to live. He has had 3 surgeries! He was ventilated for 6 months! He did not have brain bleeds. My story is super long! He stayed in the hospital over 320 days! He is a true miracle.
4. How are you and your babies doing now?
Anna is on target and has caught up significantly. She receives physical therapy once a week!
Daniel does not require Oxygen. He is crawling and standing. He’s very bright and understands everything.
5. What is your advice to new preemie parents?
My advice to other moms is to be there everyday and be nice to staff and doctors. They deserve it! These people save our kids they are doing God’s work! Be strong because this type of situation will show the true colors of family and friends! Some people will be their for you but not everyone!!! People are weird you will see!
*NEC From Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin:
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious intestinal illness in babies.
- “Necrotizing” means damage and death of cells.
- “Entero” refers to the intestine.
- “Colitis” means inflammation of the colon (lower part of the intestine).
Although NEC may develop in low-risk newborns, 60 to 80 percent of cases occurs in premature babies. NEC occurs in about 10 percent of babies weighing less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces). It is not clear exactly what causes NEC. It is thought that the intestinal tissues are somehow weakened by too little oxygen or blood flow. When feedings are started and the food moves into the weakened area of the intestinal tract, bacteria from the food can damage the intestinal tissues. The tissues may be severely damaged and die, which can cause a hole to develop in the intestine. This can lead to severe infection in the abdomen.
Thank you for reading about these two amazing babies!