It’s one of those stories that can’t be described as anything but a miracle. A 26-year old women who has been declared brain dead since March 6, recently delivered twins by C-section. The two boys greeted the world at 25 weeks and weigh less than 2 pounds each.
The mother, Christine Bolden, was declared brain dead after two aneurysms ruptured in her head in early March. She had been on life support since, with doctors and family alike hoping to keep her healthy enough to save the twins and carry them to term. It was a long shot, since, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 40 percent of people who suffer from a brain aneurysm die, and of those who do survive, 66 percent “suffer some permanent neurological deficit.” So when the mother’s blood pressure continued to rise to dangerous levels, the doctors began to fear that her life – and the life of her twins – was in jeopardy.
So Christine’s family had a terrible decision to make. They could either have doctors attempt to save the severely premature twins, or they could risk losing them and their mother. So at 25 weeks, the twins were delivered by C-section.
And then their mother died.
It’s a dichotomy of emotions, for sure, for Christine Bolden’s family. On one hand, they are rejoicing in the birth of the twin boys – Nicholas and Alexander – and on the other, they are grieving the lose of Christine. Her aunt has said, “God could have taken her and the boys, but He left the boys. That’s a miracle.” And it most certainly is.
Prayers and love and all things good are being sent to the Bolden family tonight, and especially to little Nicholas and Alexander – two small angels who still have a long fight ahead of them – and to Christine’s surviving 3-year-old son.
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