Over the weekend, my younger brother got married. During the experience, my mother commented on how amazing it was to think that he and myself had been little babies at one point. I now weigh close to two hundred pounds and was once a tiny baby weighing only six pounds when I was born a few weeks premature. Although children start off as the tiniest little seeds, they grow into boisterous children and eventually adults.
The miracle of life may be the final miracle left in this world. As science figures out why things happen, the fact about how a human life is created remains a mystery that gives us purpose and hope for the future.
So when Luci and Joseph first learned that they would be starting a family, they were overjoyed. However, nothing could have prepared them for the terror pregnancy would be for Luci. She first learned she was pregnant at six weeks and at twelve weeks she discovered she was having twins.
However, not long after she had the scan to reveal she was having twins, she learned that Charlie and Harvey Baker were sick. They were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion, a condition in the womb that causes uneven blood flood. And since blood is what we need to survive, the brothers were not growing up strong. Charlie was getting more nutrition than his brother Harvey, and their lives were at risk.
Then out of nowhere, Luci’s water broke at 20 weeks. But she kept the babies inside and managed to hold off birth for another four weeks.
But when Charlie and Harvey came into the world in May 2017, they weighed just a bit over a pound each. And before Luci could hold her twins and get the much-talked-about skin-to-skin that she yearned for, the doctors rushed the boys to the neonatal intensive care unit.
“I couldn’t even get upset about not getting to hold them because I was in shock,” she told Caters News. “I couldn’t quite get my head around what was happening.”
The doctors revealed the news carefully. But they didn’t want to sugarcoat it. The twins did not have a good chance of surviving. They were born so early and were so small that the world might just swallow them up.
The twins health was so poor that doctors warned Luci and Joseph not to make any future plans for the boys. They warned them that that might be too devastating. Instead, doctors suggested to take time with the boys hour-by-hour and appreciate every breath and every movement while it lasted.
For four months, Charlie and Harvey hung on by a thread. They underwent numerous tests and procedures. The twins had seven blood transfusions and were diagnosed with bronchiolitis.
Months after they were born, the twins were allowed to go home with their parents in September. But soon after being discharged, Harvey’s health took a turn for the worst. He lungs failed, and he stopped breathing. Because the baby boy was deprived of oxygen, he lost his ability to see normally. Now he is visually impaired.
But now the boys are fifteen months old, and they have proven every doctor wrong. And the doctors couldn’t be happier about that.