When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I never thought that there would be a chance that one of them wouldn’t survive.
Serious complications during my pregnancy meant that you weren’t getting all the nutrients you needed, and you were only given a 40% chance to make it to 20 weeks gestation. But you are a fighter and a check up at 25 weeks showed that both you and your sister were doing really well.
Only two short weeks later though, our whole world fell apart: all of a sudden the blood supply to your kidneys had been cut off and they had both shriveled up. We were told that you weren’t expected to survive outside of the womb.
But you did! Photo of Layla and her sister: courtesy of The Herald Sun
At 34 weeks, you and your twin sister, Maddy Rose, were born. You breathed on your own for 15 minutes before Doctors put you on a ventilator and prepared your father and I for the worst – we were told that your body wouldn’t be able to tolerate the toxins your kidneys would normally filter out if they were working, and that your heart would stop.
But, again, you proved them wrong.
A few days later, you were breathing on your own, the blood started flowing to your kidneys again, and they were starting to get some of their function back. You were a very sick little baby and it was many weeks before we were allowed to take you home.
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