Our Christmas Miracles

Christmas is about miracles. We already have two of them. When you look at the chances and odds of everything we went through, they are pretty special girls.

I had preeclampsia…
“Every minute, somewhere in the world a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. This amounts to 1400 women dying each day – and more than 500,000 each year – from pregnancy-related causes. Preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia which is one of the top five causes of maternal and infant illness and death.”
“Approximately 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia.”
“Preeclampsia causes 15% of premature births in industrialized countries and is the number one reason doctors decide to deliver a baby prematurely.”

The girls are identical…
Only one out of every 285 births are identical twins.

The girls survived twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)…
TTTS only occurs in about 15% of identical twins. This means the likelihood of conceiving identical twins and then having TTTS is .05% or 1 out of 2,000.
“Average delivery [for TTTS] at 29 to 30 weeks gestation. Survival rates vary from 18 to 83 percent.”

They were born premature at just over 29 weeks…
“Babies born at around 29 to 30 weeks have about a 90% chance of survival.”

They were born with low birth weights (Lucie 1220g & Alida 680g)….
Only .7% of babies born are between 1,000-1,499 grams and .5% of babies are between 500-999 grams at birth.
“Survival rates for babies less than 1000 grams at birth is about 70%, and those who weigh more than 500 grams have a more than 60% chance of survival.”

Alida was born with multiple heart defects (large VSD, two ASDs, and a left superior vena cava)…
“Congenital heart defects affect nearly 1% of―or about 40,000―births per year.”
“Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death.”

Not to mention Alida survived three heart surgeries.

Given these statistics, their birth was a miracle and their survival has defied the odds. Today we give thanks for the gift of life. We are humbled by this amazing gift from God and for all of the doctors, nurses, medical staff, family and friends for giving us hope time and time again.

References:

http://www.twinstwice.com/twins.html

http://www.preeclampsia.org/pdf/Preeclampsia%20Fact%20sheet%20v2.pdf

http://www.sanfordhealth.org/MedicalServices/FetalCareCenter/Learn/TwinToTwinTransfusionSyndrome

http://www.birth.com.au/premature-baby/survival-birth-weight-twins#.UrpQfH-9KSM

http://www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/23371/router.asp

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growing/preemies.html

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/data.html

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2 thoughts on “Our Christmas Miracles

  1. Merry Christmas Heidi,Brian, girls and family

    I have really lost words to try to console you two. Your life is HELL!!!! BUT you two have risen above every challenge that has presented. Any time you need to vent, I’m proud that you trust me enough to let it go on me. You two are the two strongest young couple I know. I just hope it’s not too much. Neither of you deserved this trial. You and your girls are loved. Next year will be uplifting for all of you. I promise. :).

    Love, Pete and Cathy

    Cathy Engilis

    For Everything You Gain in Life You Give Up Something. For Everything You Give Up in Life You Gain Something.

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