Yeah, I'm the proud new momma of twins!!! and we all know how much I love me some twins! This is the 4th set that are 2 years and under. so cute!
Meet Mario (pronounce: "mar-eee-oh").....
and Carolina (pronounce: "Care-oh-lean-ah").....
and the diehard nicu nurse in me couldn't resist bunking them....cause deep down...i know they are the happiest when they are snuggling just like back in the days in the womb. plus, aren't they just too cute??
So now for the story...bring out the tissues if you want....
First, thank you to everyone that was praying really hard this weekend for their safety and that we'd get them. Monday the team went out to bring them in and couldn't find them...we were all getting a little worried that something had happened to them But the Lord is faithful and here they are with us today!
They are 6 weeks old and are each weighing around 6 lbs. Mario, is on the lower end of the spectrum and needs to beef up, but they both seem pretty healthy at this point. Their mom is HIV + and the kids were given a dose of an ARV (anti HIV med) at birth to decrease the chances they will get HIV to about 8% (go Moz...that's the 3rd kid in less than a month). We of course, will do HIV tests and see where we're at but we are really praying health over these little tykes. Their entire family (including extended family members) is certifiabley mentally ill and unable to care for them. The mother's brothers have been repeatedly raping her. The supposed father (which may or may not be one of the brothers, but is stated to be another man), has already killed their previous child, a 2 month old, by giving him alcohol until it died of alcohol poisoning. A neighbor had taken them in, but was unable to continue providing care for them. No one wants them and they are going to be put up for adoption! Whoohooo....we are praying for their forever family. So please pray for Mario and Carolina as they adjust to their new home in the Bercario, as we get to know them, for wisdom in how to treat them medically, and for their potential forever family!
In Addie news.....she's still (sadly) in the hospital and is being fed through a feeding tube now. The hospital system doesn't lend itself to much explanations or updates, so we're really just waiting this out. My best guess is she's too anemic and not eating enough. But who knows really. Also her yeast infection in her mouth is worse than ever and not responding to meds. My guess is it is all over her whole body and they aren't treating it but topically. This alone, because of her HIV status, could kill her. To our knowledge, she isn't being given any treatment for TB yet, which is also really important right now. Her fevers are still going strong. Please continue to pray for her. I really want her home back with us now, but we just have to pray for her till then!
Posted by erin at 21:25