Preemie twin girls who were born at 22 WEEKS finally go home after 130 days in NICU following ‘traumatic’ labor that saw their mother forced to lie ‘upside down’ for a week to try and delay birth and save their lives
- Mother Taylor Davis, 27, wasn’t due until March 1, but a doctor discovered in October that she had a short cervix and ordered bedrest
- Two days later, on October 24, she went into labor at 21 weeks and three days gestation – meaning only a tiny likelihood her babies would survive
- To halt labor, she spent a week on a tilted bed with her legs higher than her head – and had to eat, sleep, and use a bedpan that way
- Avery Reign Davis was born October 29, and Emersyn Gray Davis was delivered via C-section on November 1 – with each weighing just a pound
- They were intubated and put on oxygen and have needed medication and other care, while Davis developed sepsis, a blood clot, and an infection
- Last week, after over 130 days each in the NICU the twins were finally discharged and went home to their mom, dad, and three siblings
Premature twin girls who were born three days apart and spent over 130 days each in the NICU have finally come home from the hospital to be with their grateful mom and dad.
Mother Taylor Davis, 27, gave birth to Avery Reign Davis and Emersyn Gray Davis on October 29 and November 1, respectively, after she went into early labor at just 22 weeks and three days gestation.
Their labor and delivery were traumatic for Davis, who told doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, Florida to do everything they could to save her babies — even leave her laying at an upside-down angle for an entire week to delay the births.
But after over four months in the neonatal intensive care unit getting intubation, oxygen, and medication for various health issues, Avery and Emersyn were finally well enough last week to go home.
‘We are just so blessed. There are really no other words. It is unreal,’ Davis told WINK News. ‘[When] I went in there at 21 [weeks] and three [days] they said they weren’t viable so we weren’t settling for that.’
Premaure twin girls who were born three days apart and spent over 130 days each in the NICU have finally come home from the hospital to be with their grateful mom and dad
Taylor Davis, 27, gave birth to Avery Reign Davis and Emersyn Gray Davis on October 29 and November 1, respectively, after she went into labor at just 22 weeks and three days gestation
Davis’ due date wasn’t until March 1 of this year however, last October, her doctor gave her some concerning news.
She was told that her cervix was shorter than normal, which could mean an increased risk of premature birth.
To prevent this, her doctor told her to go on bed rest at the hospital for the last 19 weeks or so of her pregnancy, but as she prepared to be admitted, she went into labor.
In the ER, she was already completely dilated, with Avery already in her birth canal.
At just over 21 weeks, the fraternal twins has a very low chance of survival. Viability is generally 23 or 24 weeks, and babies born this early may have serious health issues, if they even survive.
But she and husband, Mark Davis, 29, wanted to take every measure possible to save the babies.
‘I knew that I could not live with myself if I did not try absolutely everything no matter if that meant risking my own life to save them,’ she said.
To delay delivery, Davis was put into Trendelenburg position, in which she laid down with her head tilted below her feet at an angle of about 16 degrees. She had to stay that way, tilted backwards, for a week — and even ate, slept, and use the bedpan in that position.
‘I cried the whole time and I wasn’t crying like happiness,’ she admitted, adding that she was crying out of ‘fear’ over her babies’ survival.
‘It was terrible,’ she told Good Morning America.
After five days, the first twin, Avery, was born on October 29 weighing exactly one pound.
She was intubated and put on oxygen, but suffered from sepsis and bilateral brain bleeds.
‘Just the fact that she made it in the first 24 hours with having such a bad blood infection, from being in my birth canal for so long, is a miracle in itself,’ Davis said.
Davis said she was ‘heartbroken’ seeing her babies in the NICU, and at first, she could only see them over FaceTime
Avery has bright red birthmark called hemangiomas near her eye and is on medication
Emersyn will need hernia surgery at six months and is also suffering from retinopathy, in which disease damages the retina and can mean partial or complete loss of vision
The medical staff hoped to delay Emersyn’s birth even longer, so Davis’ placenta was left inside her, and Avery’s umbilical cord was stitched up and pushed back inside as well.
Because of this, Davis developed sepsis, a blood clot, and an infection called chorioamnionitis, inflammation within the amniotic fluid.
Still, Davis stayed in her titled position for three more days until Emersyn was born on November 1 via C-section, which Davis said was ‘traumatic.’
‘I knew that I was dying,’ she told WINK.
‘I told my husband that I was dying and they rushed me away so fast that I didn’t get to say goodbye to him or my mom.
‘They were running down the hall chasing my bed and I just kept on begging the doctors to just tell my other children that I love them and that I was sorry and I just kept on saying please save my baby, please save my baby.’
Davis didn’t die — and neither did Emersyn, who was born weighing one pound, one ounce and also suffered bilateral brain bleeds and sepsis.
‘As a mother, you want to protect your babies, and I just did everything I could with everything being out of my control,’ she said
Davis said she drew on her strength from a mother’s love to pull through the next several months, and she now has a ‘special bond’ with her daughters, who are doing much better
‘I was heartbroken,’ Davis told GMA.
‘Having to watch my babies that are barely a pound and they’re putting PICC lines in them and doing all these things that a baby should never have to go through and then going through like, feeling like my body failed them and the mother’s guilt of that — and I know it was nothing I could have done. It is what it is.
‘But as a mother, you want to protect your babies, and I just did everything I could with everything being out of my control.’
Because of their condition — and her own — Davis couldn’t see her babies immediately.
‘It was so hard for me not being able to see my babies after birth’ she said.
‘Thankfully, my husband, Mark, and the nurses used Facetime so I could see my daughters and know they were okay. My nurse, Jillian, was with Avery since day one, and she made sure I was as comfortable as possible. I am so grateful to have her as the primary nurse. All of the staff here are absolute angels!’
Finally, last week, Avery and Emersyn were discharged, after 137 days and 134 days in the NICU, respectively. They joined three older siblings at home
Davis said she drew on her strength from a mother’s love to pull through the next several months, and she now has a ‘special bond’ with her daughters, who are doing much better.
Finally, last week, Avery and Emersyn were discharged, after 137 days and 134 days in the NICU, respectively. They joined three older siblings at home.
While they’re in relatively good health, they do have some issues. Avery has bright red birthmark called hemangiomas near her eye and is on medication. Emersyn, meanwhile, will need hernia surgery at six months and is also suffering from retinopathy, in which disease damages the retina and can mean partial or complete loss of vision.
But Davis is thankful her girls survived, and said she sees what happened as a sign from the universe to slow down and enjoy each moment.
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