Update: Feb 1, 2015
The babies passed away after surgery. Lyla died an hour after and Suzanna 2 hours after.
"Something went wrong" was the only answer we got.
The bills are still coming from University Hospital and we still do not have a place to bury the girls or headstones. We're still asking for donations so we can pay off these bills and bury the girls like they should have been from the start.
Thank you for your support.
Donations can also be sent to Alea or Derrick Harris
Po box 1667
Defuniak springs fl 32435
Derrick & Alea Harris of Defuniak Springs, Florida; found out in mid June (8 weeks pregnant) that they were expecting twins. Conjoined at the chest to the abdomin. At this time they are known to share a liver. Baby B has a pericardial & plural effusion (fluid mass in the chest and fluid around the heart ) cystic hygroma with nucal thickening around the neck, a rotated cerebellum in the brain (hypoplasia) and a level 3 heart valve block (ventricular disease). Hole(s) in the heart. Baby A is doing fine. But, A's heart is starting to show signs of slight weakening.
Doctors have stated that Alea may be hospitalized at 24 weeks (around October). And will have to be hospitalized in Colorado. And was hospitalized at children's hospital colorado at 24 weeks due to pre-term labor.
Update: Now looking to be hospitalized at 28 weeks for the duration of the pregnancy.
Because insurance does not cover the costs of travel or any of the medical expenses the family will have to find a way to pay out of pocket. Still being denied but hospital is still seeing us.
They Have 3 girls at home, 10, 6 & 3 years old. Derrick works and hour and a half away from home. Their specialists are also Atleast and hour and a half away and their Ob doctor is an hour away.
These things have depleted their savings and aren't in a place to make 1 trip let alone two out of state.
Anything donated is truly a blessing and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation straight to the family a P.O Box has been set up. Please email or Facebook the family for exact address.
And please continue to send thoughts and prayers for these two miraculous lives god has made. Thank you all!
Update: Alea is by herself in Colorado. Now released from the hospital spending mostly all day in bed at Ronald McDonald House unless going to appts at CHC.
Without donations her husband and family will not be able to return. So please share and donate. Even $1 helps more than you'd think.
She is needing massive amounts of support right now. Being completely alone, With only the clothes she came with and the samples the hospital has given her.
Trying to pass the time only watching tv. Or messaging her Facebook followers.
Anything you can send her to pass the time while on bed rest would be very much appreciated.
Even to start a card chain for here. Or get a group together to send kind letters pictures packages or even things for the babies once they are born.
Address in Colorado is
932 Potomac circle
Aurora, CO 80011
And monitory donations checks, money order and much needed gift cards for food can be sent there also
Or to her home address:
Alea & Derrick Harris
P.O Box 1667
DFS, fl 32435
Messages can be sent to:
Harris conjoined Twins on Facebook
Update: Babies are scheduled to be born in a few weeks. There's a slim chance one or both babies will survive. Please respect the family and their wishes at this time to let them go through this tough time.
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