This past spring Val and Ben Forst found out they were pregnant with identical twin boys. On Wednesday, July 26 Val's water broke at only 21 weeks gestation. Val and the babies defied the odds and although in and out of the hostpital, she was able to stay pregnant long enough to get admitted to Abbott Northwestern at 23 weeks. She was planning to stay at Abbott on strict bedrest and monitoring for months to keep those little boys in. However, one week after being admitted to Abbott, Val went into labor and had a c-section on Saturday, August 19. Liam Jerome and Sean Ronald were born both weighing just over 1 lb. Liam fought hard but was just too small to make it. Sean continues to fight and is making milestones eachday.
Val was discharged from Abbott a few days after delivery while Sean will remain in the NICU for many months. Val (and Ben) will be staying near the hospital so they can be with Sean. They are aware that it is a long road ahead of them but they are focused and determined to make it a positive one.
Obviously, Val and Ben have many emotions and thoughts to process right now. They are going to do anything and everything they can for their son but this will be a costly time for them. They will have many medical expenses for both boys and Val's stay. Housing, food, gas, etc. will also be taxing. They are the most humble, kind people and would never ask anyone for money. It was my idea to start a gofundme page for them and it took some convincing for them to agree. They do so much for others this is a time they need to focus on themselves and let us help them. Any donations would be so greatly appreciated during this difficult yet exciting time in their life.
- Dove Family
- Melissa Pietig
- Mark Berle
- Brandon Reinarts
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