Here’s hoping these two are OK!
Twin boys were successfully born at a Georgia hospital on Monday night, but they still have a long way to go.
That’s because baby brothers Chandler and Chance Crafton are conjoined at both the heart and liver, and they are fighting for their lives in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
The boys’ mother, Brittany Crafton, is having to come to terms with this news at the conclusion of her first pregnancy. According to an interview she did with the hospital’s website, the entire ordeal was very unexpected for her:
“I knew something had to be different when the ultrasound took longer than expected. The news of them being conjoined was truly surreal.”
According to statistics, the likelihood of conjoined twins is extremely rare, with it occurring only once in roughly every 60,000 births.
But as serious as the current situation may be, Dr. Paul Browne ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ the section chief of maternal-fetal medicine overseeing the Children’s Hospital of Georgia ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ actually believes the prognosis may be good:
“We have tools that help us predict children’s chances of survival, but most of that depends upon the heart. What makes this case special is that the heart the twins share is quite normal and has been functioning very well for them. So, we believe it will continue to function well after the delivery.”
Tools and medicine are critical, but Crafton told reporters she is also relying on something more:
“I know God’s got me, and He’ll continue to be with me even after the twins are born. This experience has helped me to look at ├óΓé¼╦£different’ people differently, and I have gained a real compassion for what they go through.”
That’s an incredible life lesson to learn!
[Image via 11 Alive News.]