Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Meet the Twins

Saturday December 28, 2013

Marcello Cristian
Marcello Cristian was born first and weighed 1 lb 6 oz. and Manuel Gabriel was born second 

Manuel Gabriel
weighing 1 lb 2 oz. Most of Saturday early morning was spent getting them on the ventilators and stabilized. When they were born they were given a 6% survival rate. Dr. Wareham came in and said they had them intubated and the umbilical lines were in for both. There would be three factors that they will be monitoring on them: 1. Lung function 2. Cranial bleeding and 3. Blood pressure / Kidney functions. He also mentioned that both would eventually require blood transfusions and that they are also on antibiotics. The next 4 days will be critical and if they make it past that then their chances for survival are increased. We continue to lift them in prayer for a positive outcome. Manuel is the fiesty one as he kicked out his umbilical line. Once Jodi was done with recovery, we were allowed to see them. Pastor Currao conducted their baptism that night and we got to spend some time with them. The Neonatal teams met with us at their bedsides and explained all that they had gone through earlier that night. You can see that they are both under phototherapy lights and wearing their goggles. This light is used to treat their bilirubin and aid in their skin development.  They are also connected to High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation that will help in their lung development. Manuel was the first to get a blood transfusion because his hematocrit levels were low and Marcello followed not too longer after with his own transfusion. We were visited by the Nurse Practitioner, the Neonatoligist, and one of their nurses and were told that they had run an ultrasound on the twins and thought they had seen signs of cerebral hemorrhaging in both Marcello and Manuel but are waiting on the official report from the Pediatric Radiologist. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

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