Lonnie Somers wrote -
Thirteen years ago this fall, we found out we were expecting our first child. Michelle and I were so excited! Then the shock came, TWINS! We were pregnant with identical twin girls!!! One of the most joyous times of our lives. It was so hard to keep the suprise from family and friends. Especially with the ultra sound pictures, pregnant with twin books, and just about anything we could find about the wonderful world of being an expectant parent of twins. But then, that all came crasing down in a simple "routine" checkup.
Our daughters had developed a syndrome called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Basically in most identical pregnancies, the babies share a placenta. In about 30% of all identical twin pregnancies, one baby starts to receive a disproportionate amount of blood and nutrients while the other receives very little. Cutting to the chase, prognosis was almost certain death for my baby girls. I would never get to hold them, I would never see that first smile, never get that first hug, never see them off on their first day of school, never see them graduate, never see them get married; we were being left with no HOPE.
Thankfully we found hope, and thanks to life saving in-utero surgey, they were saved. Since that time, we have founded a world wide charity called Fetal Health Foundation. We did this because every day 200 (yes that is right TWO-ZERO-ZERO) families will learn that they will never get to hold their baby, never experience that first smile, never get that first hug, because their baby died of a fetal syndrome.
It is very easy for us to forget how lucky we are to have Ashlye and Aspen. We were given NO hope they would survive. How close did we come to that? Had it not been for one chance phone call, they would not be here. Even with the surgey, there were no gurantees. As Fetal Health Foundation, we work to make those "chance" hope calls less rare by providing families diagnosed with any type of fetal syndrome, the resources they need in hopes of giving their baby or babies a better fate. We need your help. Please donate and help us continue to make a difference.