What wonderful news the Urban family received at the beginning of the year. My brother's family announced they were bringing twins into our world!!
Towards the end of March, the news wasn't so good. My sister-in-law, had an ultrasound showing her twin boys having stage 2 Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). It is a rare, serious condition that can occur in pregnancies when identical twins share a placenta. Abnormal blood vessel connections form in the placenta and allow blood to flow unevenly between the babies. The prognosis wasn't good. Fortunately they found a specialist in Miami who gave them a glimmer of hope. They arrived in Miami on March 27th and after many ups and downs and numerous surgeries and a baby blood transfusion, they finally came home April 11th. The prognosis is better, but the twins still have TAPS. Devan will be going back to Miami next week for another ultrasound to determine if another blood transfusion is needed.
As one could imagine, this event has taken a big toll emotionally on my brother and his wife and children. They have a three year old and a four year old whom they've been away from while dealing with all of this.
Hopefully people will be so kind as to help ease some of the monetary stress brought on by all of the ultrasounds, surgeries, transfusions, plane flights, and hotel expenses. If you have an extra five or ten dollars to spare, it would be so graciously appreciated.
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of others."
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