In a rare occurrence, identical twins Sofia and Isabella Walker were born on leap day. The twins were born at UC Davis Medical Center to parents Josefina and Gregory Walker of Stockton.
“We feel blessed,” Gregory said in a press release.
The rare leap year twins shared an amniotic sac while in the womb, and were delivered through cesearean secion at 32 weeks gestation. Sharing an amniotic sac while in the womb is a rare condition which affects only 1 percent of all twin pregnancies in the United States.
“The rarity of this particular type of twins is 1 in 40,000 to 1 in 65,000 births,” Gregory said. “We feel very special.”
Seven month old Lincoln Seay received a life-saving heart transplant minutes after going into cardiac arrest. The Alaskan boy was born with a rare defect which caused his organs to be on the opposite side of his body.
“They had even said he might not survive birth we really had no idea what to expect, so when he came out and he cried and he looked great we were elated,” said mother, Mindy Seay.
However, Lincoln’s condition worsened after birth, despite many surgeries, his heart began to fail. In a emergency decision, his parents flew him to Seattle Children’s Hospital for a heart transplant. Lincoln had been waiting for a heart for five months, but just as he was going into surgery, he went into cardiac arrest.
Despite these odds, Doctors were able to successfully perform a heart transplant.
“We were praying for a miracle and that moment in time it’s fair to say we got a miracle,” said father, Rob Seay. “Because the heart was en route, they went ahead and opened his chest and the surgeon reached in and hand compressed his heart until the new heart arrived.”
Lincoln’s parents hope his story helps encourage others to become organ donors.
E’layah Faith, one of the smallest babies ever to survive finally gets to go home.
E’layah was born 14 weeks early on September 23 after an emergency C-section, weighing only 10 ounces.
The doctors nicknamed her “Tater Tot.” She was moved from Carolinas Medical Center where she was born to Levine Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Jessica Clark-Pounder of Levine Children’s Hospital said they had to find creative ways to care for E’layah, due to her small size.
“Even our equipment, even our diapers that we have for our smallest babies were too big for her,” said Dr. Clark-Pounder.
After nearly four and and a half months of care, E’layah now weighs five pounds and seven ounces and was able to go home with parents Megan Smith and Eric Pegues said.
“She has grown, she has been able to breathe on her own and she looks around,” Clark-Pounder said. “She pays attention to her surroundings, she knows her mom’s voice, she knows her dad’s voice… and I’m amazed she has come this far.”
After spending so much time at the hospital, Megan is nervous, but excited for what’s ahead for E’layah. “I want to know who she is. She is feisty,” Megan said. “I’m ready to see what’s in store.”
Around 3:45 am on Sunday August 16, Officer Anthony Reynolds of the Seattle Police Department pulled over a car that had been speeding and running multiple red lights.
After being pulled over, the driver exited the car and told the officer that his wife was in labor. Reynolds called for an ambulance; however the baby was ready to be born and was not waiting for the medics to arrive. Three other officers, Lorissa Johnson, Nicholas Kartes, and Jason Alvord, arrived as the couple’s baby was being delivered.
According to the officers, the baby arrived crying, but there was a brief scare when the baby started having trouble breathing. This caused the parents to panic, but fortunately, Officer Reynolds and the child’s mother were able to clear the baby girl’s airways, which helped her start breathing again.
The entire incident was caught on the patrol car’s dashboard camera.
An ambulance arrived soon after and the mother and child were taken to a hospital close by where they were reportedly in stable condition.
In a thank you letter to the officers, the couple expressed their gratitude. “You helped deliver a precious gift. We are grateful,” the couple wrote.
When an oncoming car hit Laura Palmeter one year ago on her way to work, firefighters had to labor for an hour to cut her from her totaled car. At OHSU, doctors fought to keep her alive despite multiple fractures and muscle fiber necrosis. But Laura wasn’t the only one fighting for life: inside her, a little baby was fighting too.
Doctors said Laura’s growing baby girl had a 10% chance of surviving after the crash. They encouraged her to abort, but Laura and her husband Chris refused.
“They chose their words very carefully and never said abortion,” said Laura. “They stated her odds of living, challenges she would face and then listed off how it would be better for me.”
Though the couple was well informed of the risks the baby faced, including possible x-ray-induced cancer, they soldiered on, determined to save their child. Laura even avoided pain medication in order to protect her daughter. After two months, the hard work paid off.
On December 1st, 2014, Aria Palmeter entered the world in mint-perfect condition. While the family still has much to do to regain stability, they are grateful for the support of the community and their family. Laura is facing several more surgeries, but she finds strength in her new daughter: “Hearing the doctor speak shattered my heart in ways I never thought possible. My baby was going to live! She had to! I would not have survived if she did not.”
To support the Palmeter family, visit their Gofundme page here.