Babies: William and Kate
William’s Favorite book/toy: Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See / Trains
Kate’s Favorite book/toy: Goodnight Moon / Silver Duck Rattle
Kate’s Nickname: Peanut
I was admitted to the hospital at 21 weeks with a twin pregnancy. I was experiencing pre-term labor and had a shortened cervix. Upon admission, the doctors told me that if the labor did not stop that my babies would not be born viable. I was placed in trendelenburg position and admitted to the High Risk OB floor of St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital for the duration of my pregnancy.
Every morning I was visited by an OB and the news never changed. I was placed on multiple medications, given compression stockings to wear all day, and was told I couldn’t stand or even sit up at all. I had to eat, drink, bathe, etc…all lying on my back or side. At 23 weeks I was given steroids and at 24 weeks I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. William and Kate were born at 25 weeks 3 days via emergency c-section. Weighing 1lb 15oz and 1lb 12oz respectively, they were rushed to the NICU where they would begin their battle of survival. After multiple surgeries, numerous blood transfusion and several severe health scares, Kate came home after 89 days and William shortly after at 114 days.
What did HRH’s support mean to your family during your hospital stay?
At the time of my ordeal, HRH was in it’s infancy. I was the recipient of the first HRH Bed Rest Basket the day after I was admitted. That first week was an emotional roller coaster. I was surrounded by medical professionals, social workers, chaplains, friends and family yet I felt completely isolated. Having Heather come into our situation with such compassion and love made me realize that there were things I could control because someone else already had. She helped me to realize that this wasn’t a hopeless situation at all. This is why I am so passionate about HRH and it’s mission.
Why do you trot?
My family and I trot because every HROB mom and NICU family deserves a ‘Heather’ in their lives. The only way to grow HRH is to do the work and support the organization in any way possible. Additionally, it’s such an amazing family event! My kids had so much fun with the race, the medals and the wonderful activities all generously provided by supporters in the Tampa Bay community.
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