Woodman Twins Need Your Help

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Raised by 148 people in 38 months

Hello everyone for those of you who don't know us my name is Danny Woodman and my amazing wife is Dea Woodman. Many of you have been on an incredible roller coaster ride with us from the beginning of trying to get pregnant through our successful IVF journey and pregnancy. God blessed us with our twin boys on April 27, 2015 at 12 weeks early. Austin James Woodman was born at 0058a.m. with a weight of 1 lb. 12 oz. and 13 1/4 inches. His identical twin brother Easton Daniel Woodman was born at 0101a.m. with a weight of 2 lbs. 6 oz. and 13 1/2 inches. For the first week the boys were doing pretty good for 26 weeker's in the NICU at Sierra Vista , we later found out there was air in Austin's abdomen. Austin had to be transported down to Cottage Children's Hospital in Santa Barbara to have emergency surgery. Austin now has an ostomy, which is a small hole in his abdomen that brings the intestine to the surface for him to potty from, which will eventually get closed back up but he has to be over 4 pounds, eating, and going to the bathroom on his own before they can do the surgery to close the incision. We are hoping that once he starts doing some of these things and he is stable enough, the doctors will let him come back to San Luis to be with his brother and his family. Easton is doing well continuing to take mom's milk beautifully and seems to be quite "spunky" according to all the nurses at Sierra Vista NICU. Needless to say we weren't really expecting any of this nor were we prepared for the emotional and financial burden of all this. Since Austin was transported to Santa Barbara my wife and I have been separated so that each of us can be with one of the boys. That in itself has been very difficult with trying to find places to stay and all of that. Dea has been able to visit Austin as well but only for a day or two at a time. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Any little bit will help ease the stress of the medical cost as well as general life financial obligations. Thank you all again and God Bless. #teamwoodmantwins.


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Hi everyone we are asking for your help we are still receiving thousands of dollars in medical bills from surgeries, hospital stays and doctors we could really use everyone's help we wouldn't be asking if we could cover them on are own. 131 days in 2 hospitals 4 ambulance rides 2 surgery all kinds of Doctor bills that insurance doesn't cover. Anything would be greatly appreciated thank you so much and God bless
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Today marks 80 days since the boys were born…that means 80 long days in the NICU. Some days have been easier than others as we navigate through this journey. Austin was transferred back down to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on Monday July 6th after the doctor here at Sierra Vista was concerned about the way his Ostomy (intestines brought to the surface) was looking. They explained it in a way we would understand it better…as he grows his muscles become more mature in his abdomen and when he uses these muscles, it sort of pushes out the intestines. This is a normal progression of an Ostomy, but he had a spot on the end of it that was looking a little irritated and inflamed. The surgeon at Cottage Hospital was getting feedback and pictures of it from the docs up here and they both decided it was time for the repair. When Austin was taken to Cottage by ambulance, he decided on his own that he didn’t want any of the oxygen therapy they were giving him and decided to take his own nasal cannula off. The doctors decided to leave it off until surgery, it was so nice to see his little face without all kinds of tape and tubes on it. We were able to hold and cuddle him all night in the NICU before surgery. Tuesday July 7th was his surgery and he did so good. He was kept on Morphine for a couple days so he pretty much just slept. He is now getting mom’s milk again which makes him a much happier boy. Today is a good day because he is coming back to Sierra Vista to be with mommy, daddy, and brother. Austin is a fighter and will continue to amaze us and grow every day. He is currently 5.7 pounds and just perfect in every way.

Easton is doing awesome as well. He is 6lbs 6oz and about 17 inches long!! He is plumping up nicely and is developing a double chin which makes mom very happy J. He has had follow up head ultrasounds to check the status of the brain bleed and hydrocephalus and these results amaze the doctors here at Sierra Vista as well as mom and dad. The ultrasounds show significant improvement in the ventricles and the brain matter around the ventricles. There is still some clotting showing up on the scans but nothing compared to what it was before. Truly a miracle!!! He will have a brain MRI before discharge and will be followed closely by a local pediatric neurologist as he grows. We still will not know the effects of the bleed until Easton grows and matures. We are praying that they are minor, if any, and that he will continue to amaze us all. Easton is working on taking his milk by bottle as well as nursing. The hospital uses a “step” method that goes by 2’s for feeding. He is currently on step 2 of 6 which means he is taking some of his feeds by bottle. He likes it best when mom and dad feed him and he seems to want to take a whole bottle for us versus only about ½ a bottle from the nurses.

As of today Austin and Easton are about 2 ½ months old, but are still a few weeks away from their original due date. Their adjusted gestational age is 37 ½ weeks. Thank you all for keeping our boys and Danny and I in your thoughts and prayers. It truly means a lot to us to have so much love and support.
Easton
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Thank you all for your endless thoughts and prayers. Our boys are thriving and we couldn't be happier. Austin is weighing in at 3-13 and Easton is weighing in at 4-11!!! They are so big from where we started. Easton is starting to try nursing and Austin isn't far behind him. The nurses are weaning them down on the oxygen settings so we can hopefully get them off that soon. 60 days down and many more to go. #teamwoodmantwins
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Just wanted to say thank you so muck for all your love and support it means so much to us were all hanging in there on this emotional roller coaster just trying to take it day by day. Thank you and God bless.
Mom got to hold Austin on the left for the very first time.
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Lisa Grey
37 months ago
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You are very much in my thoughts. My daughter was born 11 years ago. 12 weeks early. Weighing 1 lb 14 ounces and 14 inches long. She also had a grade 3 brain bleed. Hang in there!!! My daughter was in the NICU 2.5 months with many dark days but it had a happy ending!

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Joie Vecchione Poltl
37 months ago

Prayers for you and your family!

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Kate Rouse
35 months ago

Thoughts and prayers! You have been through so much. Can't wait for you to bring these babes home!! ❤️

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35 months ago
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Kris Griffin
35 months ago

All the love brother!

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Sta 41 LPU
36 months ago

Hang in there boss you and your family are in are thought at LPU

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Valerie Montgomery
36 months ago

Glad to see everyone is doing so well. Keep the good updates coming!

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36 months ago
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Paul and Diane Miner
37 months ago

As a twin I know what it feels like to have a special bond with my brother. Austin and Easton will grow up with their special bond too. We wish you the best for your family.

Lisa Grey
37 months ago
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You are very much in my thoughts. My daughter was born 11 years ago. 12 weeks early. Weighing 1 lb 14 ounces and 14 inches long. She also had a grade 3 brain bleed. Hang in there!!! My daughter was in the NICU 2.5 months with many dark days but it had a happy ending!

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Joie Vecchione Poltl
37 months ago

Prayers for you and your family!

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