BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Having a baby is a joyous thing which many will acknowledge. However, things were different to Woolridge.
When LaTroya Woolridge of Texas, was preparing to have twins, the last thing she expected was that they would each be born two weeks apart, and that each would weigh under 2-pounds.
On the 17th of January, 2017, LaTroya began experiencing intense labor pains at just a 24-weeks of her pregnancy. With her hubby Arthur out of town, LaTroya drove herself to the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
“It [was] the most terrifying moment of my life,” she said. “It [was] heavily raining that morning, and I was not sure that I would even manage to reach the hospital.”
Upon her arrival, LaTroya was told she was undergoing an active labor. Minutes later, LaTroya gave birth to Amara,–who immediately started to fight for her life with just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
“Initially, we were alerted that Amara’s heart tone couldn’t be heard, so when I eventually delivered her and watched her feet moving, I was excited that Amanda was alive but also afraid of what would follow next,” recalls LaTroya.
Since Amanda’s birth was so early (well before nine months), Dr. Amber Samuel, a maternal-fetal medicine expert, worked with LaTroya’s physician to keep Amara’s twin brother Arthur III, inside her mom’s belly for as long as she could.
Over the following two weeks, Arthur and LaTroya were filled with an array of emotions.
“We both cried severally, yet we also felt calm since we knew Amara had that power to continue fighting,” says LaTroya. “It also gave me strength to continue resting so that Arthur III would have… a better chance of survival.”
On 31st of January, two weeks after Amara’s birth, LaTroya experienced a slight fever, so doctors had to deliver Arthur III via C-section. Arthur iii weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces (slightly more than his sister).
Dr. Samuel says delayed interval twin delivery is always very rare, with the scenario happening in less than 1 in every 1,000 twin births.
“We believe that the prayers our friends and family prayed for us have been answered,” says LaTroya.
Today, the two says they are overjoyed with the journey the twins have accomplished. By March 10th, Amanda was still in the NICU, but now weighs 5-pounds, 4-ounces as Arthur weighs 5-pounds, 11-ounces.
“We are happier now than we’ve ever been and very excited about our parenthood journey,” LaTroya says. “We’re amazed at the miracle we’ve watched with our eyes.”
Just as any typical parent will do, both Arthur and LaTroya say they “plan to do everything we can to ensure our twins have a happy, healthy, and successful life.”
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