3 Miracles their Hero and a Big God

$13,744 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 188 people in 32 months



16615238_1481240311.0668_funddescriptionThis story begins when Chris and Tricia found out they were pregnant with twin girls! Her pregnancy was going very well. When she was 23 weeks pregnant her water broke and she was sent to the hospital in Binghamton New York where she and Chris live and where they both work as nurses and volunteer firefighters. They soon determined that she was in early labor and on November 3rd they transferred her to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York which is about 1 hour from Binghamton. She was in Crouse for 4 weeks on strict bedrest to try and give their precious little girls, Alva (aka Ally)and Della, as much time as possible to grow and develop. Chris was having to continue working and commute to be with Tricia when he could. They were all 3 doing very well until Wednesday, November 30th when she started having contractions again.  Chris immediately left Binghamton to go be with Tricia. She continued to have contractions through that evening and into the night . They were giving her pain medications which took the edge off the pain enough for them to get some sleep. Thursday morning, December 1st, Chris woke up to the sound of Tricia "not breathing right." He immediately looked at her and he was unable to wake her up. He called for the nurses. When the nurses came in they had difficulty getting the babies heart rates and determined very quickly that Tricia and both of the babies were in serious trouble and
within minutes she was on her way to the operating room for an emergency  c-section. While they were trying to get little Ally and Della out, Tricias heart stopped beating! A code blue was called and now as they continued to deliver the girls they were doing CPR on Tricia. Her heart stopped beating 3 times during the delivery and while they were trying to get her incision closed. Because a Sovereign and Omnipotent God had placed her in the right place at the right time and with a team of people who were willing to be used by Him they were able to place her on a machine called ECMO. This machine has been used as a life support machine for babies for many years but is a relatively new concept for adult patients. Crouse hospital started an adult ECMO program about 2 years ago and have used it on fewer than 20 patients who have met the criteria required to be considered for placement on this machine. Dr. Landsberg is a very big proponent of this program and as God would have it, Dr Landsberg was right where God and Tricia needed him to be this day. Dr Landsberg immediately ordered Tricia to be placed on ECMO. He then went to the waiting room where Chris was anxiously waiting for news of what had happened to his wife and his 2 tiny daughters. Dr. Landsberg told Chris that there were only 2 options for Tricia and the first one (letting her die) was not an option and the only chance she had was to place her on ECMO which he had already done. He said she had a 50/50 chance with the ECMO. Ally and Della had a rough start initially but recovered very quickly. Ally weighed 2#7oz. and Della weighed 2#9ozs. They were both placed on ventilators initially and were considered critical but stable. Their mommy was entering a fight for her life. I will post the daily updates we have been making which will tell the rest of the story. Chris and Tricia do have insurance through their work but they will have huge medical bills due to the critical nature of the care they have received, the length of time Tricia has been in the hospital growing the babies, and the length of time Ally and Della will have to stay in the hospital which is expected to be about 3 months. They have also had a drastic reduction of income due to Tricia having to have a reduction in her work hours starting in September due to some problems she was having with the pregnancy about a week before she got admitted to the hospital. She will have to be off indefinitely for her heart to recover from the damage it suffered during her critical illness. Chris has also had to take a lot of time off lately in order to take care of Tricia and the domestic things that Tricia has not been able to do. They will also have the expenses of commuting while the babies are in the hospital and of paying for their room at the Ronald McDonld house which is very inexpensive AND an AMAZING place, but still 1 more expense. So if you are wondering what you can do to help these 3 girls and their hero, aka- Daddy, a donation would be greatly appreciated. If you can't donate, your prayers would be much appreciated because prayers, a GREAT medical team-Dr Landsberg, Dr. Spadola, Dr. Riley, and so many others, AND A GREAT BIG AMAZING GOD are the reason Tricia is still here. Thank you in advance!
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My girls are growing'
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Della needs prayers her little body grows low it's supposed to. She is behind. Her head circumference is not where they want it to be. Alva is doing well. She has reached 6 lbs! Della is 4lb 3 oz.
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Della hit 4 lbs!! Little Alva hit a big mark as well today. She came off the oxygen. So far she has done really well. Please pray that her body continues to do well and she doesn't get tired and can stay off the oxygen. Della looks exhausted today. They tried her off the oxygen and she dropped her oxygen level low. She is on a nasal cannula. Her liver enzymes came are back elevated higher than last time. They think it's from the tpn and her body still learning to kick in and work. She will have a full liver panel checked on Thursday. Their head ultrasound were good. Alvas did show a little fluid. They think it may be residual left from the first little bleed when she was born, or a bengin cyst that is if no concern per the doctor. Prayers needed still! Thank you all. We love you.
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I would like to personally thank everyone who has given to our GoFundMe campaign. We are now almost half way to the goal we set! Chris has gone back to work but Tricia will have to continue to be off work for an unknown amount of time due to the critical nature of the delivery of our precious miracle babies and the damage that was done from the blood clot in her lungs. By the Grace of God, a Hero husband and Daddy, many prayers from our precious prayer warriors, and an amazing medical team she has come so far and is continuing to heal but it is still a long process. The next financial hurdle will be that, when Alva and Della come home they will not be able to go to a daycare for quite some time. Their Mommy or Daddy will need to take care of them at home for at least several months up to a year or possibly 18 months or even longer. Chris and Tricia are both nurses and firefighters who give of themselves everyday to take care of others and we nurses find it difficult to be the ones who need someone to take care of us. It is a very humbling experience to be on the recieving end of things but it makes you a different person when you come out on the other end. It makes you a person who is kinder than before and more giving of your resources when you get back on your feet and both Chris and Tricia were already very giving people going into this, so this experience, though difficult now, will forever change to be even better. I say all that to say this, from the hearts of a Dad & Mom and Papa & Gammy, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has given to our kids, whether it has been money or prayers we want you to know
...Dennis and I appreciate each and every one of you and love you for loving our kids! God bless you all.
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Gail Smith
32 months ago

We learned of you through a friend and have prayed without ceasing. We stayed at Ronald McDonald House for 12 weeks. Donations can be sent directly to the RMH they are staying in with "for" and their name in the comments of the check.

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Alicia Sagendorf
32 months ago

My heart aches for you i donated $20 its not much but hope it helps. Keeping prayers your way!

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Raised by 188 people in 32 months
Created December 8, 2016
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Anonymous
27 months ago
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Rosalyn LaBrutto
28 months ago

Chris, your former teacher is thinking of you, your wife and your little girls.

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Chico and Kathy Lent
29 months ago

Our continued prayers for the health of your beautiful young family.

BR
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Bob and Rita Rall
29 months ago
$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
MB
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Mauree Bain
30 months ago
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Brandi Connolly
30 months ago
JT
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Jason Turrell
30 months ago

Sorry we could not make the event yesterday. Wishing you and the girls all the best! Jason & Shannon

HS
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Heather Stone
30 months ago
Gail Smith
32 months ago

We learned of you through a friend and have prayed without ceasing. We stayed at Ronald McDonald House for 12 weeks. Donations can be sent directly to the RMH they are staying in with "for" and their name in the comments of the check.

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Alicia Sagendorf
32 months ago

My heart aches for you i donated $20 its not much but hope it helps. Keeping prayers your way!

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