I'll always remember October 2th, 1988 it was the day I gave birth to twins! A girl 4lbs.10 ozs. and a boy 4 lbs. 4 ozs. It was truly to be a day I would remember for the rest of my life. I had 3 other children ages, 15, 16, and 18 years old. So when I found out I was having twins, I got the shock of my life or so I believed!
I went into labor early in the morning and in no time at all the doctor decided he needed to do a C-section. I had heard the doctor talking before hand saying he could only find one heartbeat so they needed to do it right away.
My son was born first we named him Justin, then Jenny came into the world one minute later. They took Jenny out of the room because they could not get her to breath (I found out later). I remember lying there waiting to hear her cry then I started to scream, What was wrong with my baby? The doctor must have given me a shot for I remember nothing after that until I woke up in my room.
My husband told me the babies were fine and they were going to let him see them before long. But I would be unable to see them until the next day for they would not let me move from my bed. The nurses in the N.I.C.U. sent in pictures of them for me.
About noon that day, the doctors finally came in to talk to me about our little girl. She had a breathing tube because her lungs were not fully developed but they believed she would be just fine! When I asked about our son, the doctors froze! They said another doctor would be in shortly to talk to us, but he was doing o.k.
My family came to the hospital to visit and not long after they arrived this lady doctor came charging into my room. She ran my family out into the hall insisting she needed to talk to me. (My husband had gone home to bathe and eat.) Little did I know my world would come crashing down in the next few minutes! She was a heart doctor and little did I know her next few words would haunt me for all the days of my life! Your baby has heart defects, no not one but several. There was no hope for him, he would die at any time. But I had to sign forms so if they needed to transfer him to another hospital for heart surgery the forms would be signed and there would be no time wasted for even a few minutes could mean life or death. But even with a surgery his chances for making it were 0.
I stayed in the hospital for 5 days, our babies were in there for 3 weeks before they got to come home. Justin was never sent to the other hospital for surgery at that time.
Over the next few years, I became close to the Lord! I began each day with a prayer and ended it with another. We learned many things over those years, we learned our son was the only baby in the United States with his heart defects! We learned they knew nothing about how to help him. Everything was let's try this or let's try that! They said from the day he was born with his defects, it was a miracle he was alive! He had electric shocks about 200-300 times for a fast heartbeat. Many times over his young years, he remembered them. He had several heart surgeries in an attempt to prolong his life!
Some people would say, how is this a miracle? It was because according to the doctors, he wasn't meant to live one year, one week or one day. But he lived for 3 years, 10 months, 24 days, 4 hours and 33 minutes! He was TRULY a MIRACLE!
I always tell people there really is a God for he gave me two babies knowing he was going to take one back, but I would need the other one to continue on.
This is not even half of his story. I hope to one day write a book about him and hopefully it will help other parents that have to face life with a baby that lives from one day to the next! We do take life for granted at times, but it's truly a gift to cherish! Bless you all!
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