Sharmen Winsor was in the 25th week of pregnancy and went for a routine routine inspection when her world turned upside down. The doctor should have just checked with ultrasound the state of her twin boys, but the examination was delayed.
And at that moment the doctor said that her children had feto-fetal transfusion syndrome, and it was highly likely that one or both of the twins would not survive.
The mother and her husband Cameron had two options: to give birth to the babies on the same day, or to leave them at your own risk. At the same time, the doctor said that without fast deliveries, the children would die in the next hours. But even in the case of childbirth, the chances of survival were very small: doctors gave 10-20%.
Nevertheless, both boys — Connor and Levi — were born alive and were taken to the intensive care unit in a semi-stable state.
“For 6 days they were in the balance, but stable. But we were told that it would be a miracle if we took them both home, ”recalls the mother.
On the sixth day, Connor began to deteriorate.His kidneys failed, which caused fluid to accumulate in the body, and it swelled up: it was impossible to look at it.
When he got a little better, my mother was allowed to go home. But before she could even stay 20 minutes at home, she was urgently called back to the hospital. Connor was intubated to help him breathe, and they began to prick morphine. Mom stayed with him until the last one, watching how he was dying.
"I saw his little hands shrink, and his face writhed in pain every 30 seconds."
Doctors sent her home, and when she woke up the next morning, she knew it was over. "I looked at my husband and said:" Connor will die today, he will not cope, "and began to cry."
She looked at the phone and saw a message from the hospital that the condition of both babies had worsened and they needed to come urgently.
“Connor was already fully on the life support apparatus and on the maximum dose of morphine. Levi's condition also deteriorated. I think he felt that his brother was dying. ”
The doctors said they could do nothing more for Connor, and the family decided to let him go.
The boy was baptized, his parents took him for the first and last time, and he was disconnected from the apparatus. At the last moments of his life, the baby was placed next to Brother Levi.It was then that this photo was taken - the only joint photo of the twins. Connor is on the left, already departed in another world, and Levi on the right is still fighting.
Fortunately, Levi survived. Now he is a little over a year old and everything is fine. But his family will never forget that he is one of the twins, and their 7 days of struggle for their lives.