3 Miracles their Hero and a Big God

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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Chris Fox Gillenwater 
Binghamton, NY
Patricia Steed 
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