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‘Her intestines are twisted like sheets in an overstuffed washing machine.’ You could cut the silence in the room with a knife.’: Mom survives nearly-fatal child birth, daughter with Functional Short Bowel Syndrome beats death multiple times

“The surgeon called from the operating room. ‘I need you to come downstairs immediately, I found something.’ No other context. No details. Just a call from the surgeon who’d found something so alarming he needed to talk WHILE our baby was open on the operating table. She wasn’t moving. Her belly was huge and so stretched out you could see every vein. Everything came crumbling down in an instant. With mascara-stained tears streaming down my cheek, I held on to her a little tighter, not knowing if she would make it.”

‘Let’s get it over with. Your twins will be born and die.’ She denied me pain medication. I was banned from seeing them because it was a ‘waste of time.’: Mom births twin preemies after pressure to let them die, ‘They can and WILL thrive’

“21 weeks pregnant with my twins, I noticed a tiny smear of pink blood in the bathroom. The doctor spoke cold and matter-of-factly. ‘This is going to be quick. Your babies will be born and die.’ She wouldn’t let me hear their heartbeats. ‘I refuse to start labor again.’ As long as they were inside me, they were safe. When a new doctor randomly walked in, were gone in seconds. I yelled to my sister, ‘Call my husband!’ We were racing down the highway to save their lives.”

‘Why weren’t we told this sooner? Obviously they suspected brain bleeds. Why didn’t we know?’: Newborn suffers brain bleeds in-utero, defies all odds to survive, ‘he’s leaving a trail of middle fingers behind him for the naysayers’

“My husband arrived just seconds before the doctor said, ‘He is out!’ I was certain he had died. I couldn’t stop shaking while they stitched me up. But he was perfect, with a surprising amount of thick, dark hair. ‘There’s a high likelihood he’ll never walk or talk.’ They asked if we wanted to stop life-saving measures. We stood our ground. He’d be our ‘wayfinder.’ We trusted he’d tell us in his own way if things became too much, and it was time to stop fighting.”

‘I’m not attached to my baby. There, I said it.’

“It’s a harsh reality to admit, and I’m sure I’ll get a few gasps. But it’s the honest truth. And I know I’m not alone. I shrug off compliments from strangers about my pregnancy. This is my coping mechanism.”

‘I cried as soon as I saw the tech’s pale face. ‘I feel sick,’ she said out loud. ‘What other choice do we have?’ She looked like she could throw up.’: Twin ‘warrior princesses’ survive ‘fatal’ twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

“We found out very early on. 7 weeks into the pregnancy, the doctor looked at the sonogram and said, ‘Twins!’ But that’s not all. They were going to share a placenta, but not an amniotic sac. ‘This is a very high-risk pregnancy. This could take the life of your girls.’ It was gut-wrenching news. We would do everything possible to fight, to save my girls. They had a 0% chance of survival.”

‘Oh, she’s so cute!’ HIS hair was so silky and beautiful that I let it be. ‘That’s so irresponsible,’ the parent responded.’: Boy grows hair to donate to kids in need, mom says his ‘heart, not hair’ is what matters most

“He loved his hair, so I let it grow. What mattered to me was his heart, not looks. ‘What are you doing in the boy’s bathroom?’ ‘What would you like, sweetheart?’ For every uncomfortable comment, Morgan stood up for himself. ‘I’m a boy growing my hair to donate to children with medical issues.’ He just wanted to help other families.”

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